2012 Distinguished Alumni, Ryan Mitchell

Ryan Mitchell, civil engineer and general manager of Robert Peccia and Associates in Kalispell, is the third recipient to receive Flathead Valley Community College’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

The annual award honors graduates of FVCC for their contributions and service to their communities and/or achievements in their careers.

Mitchell grew up in the Flathead Valley and graduated from Columbia Falls High School. In 1996, he received an Associate of Applied Science in Surveying from FVCC and went on to receive a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Montana State University in 1999. He immediately went to work for a Montana-based civil engineering and land surveying company, holding professional licenses in both engineering and land surveying.

After only six years at the company, Mitchell was given the responsibility of establishing a branch office of Robert Peccia and Associates in the Flathead Valley where he currently serves as the general manager. He was recently named to the company’s Board of Directors.

As stated in his nomination, “Ryan loves FVCC and advocates for the college in his professional and community life. He is quick to give FVCC much of the credit for his professional and personal successes. He sees something special in FVCC graduates and their abilities.” At present, five FVCC/MSU graduates work at Peccia in Kalispell, all of whom are civil engineers who started their educational careers in surveying and/or pre-engineering at FVCC.

During any given semester, Mitchell can be found on the FVCC campus volunteering his time by speaking to groups of students at College for a Day, mentoring engineering and surveying students, serving on the FVCC Surveying Advisory Committee, or making himself available to faculty.

Suzy Williams, FVCC Ambassadors and Alumni chair, noted Mitchell was selected as this year’s distinguished alumni for “his career achievements generous time given to develop relationships and provide support to FVCC students and faculty, passion for the field of engineering, and advocacy for FVCC in the community.”