Hall of Distinction Class of 2012-2013

Dr. William A. Brookshire is co-founder and chairman of the board of S & B Engineers and Constructors, Ltd., a privately owned company based in Houston, Texas, but with offices all around the world.

Brookshire received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston in 1957. He then enrolled in graduate program at LSU, where he earned his Masters of Science and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 1959 and 1961 respectively.

From 1960 to 1966, Brookshire was employed by Exxon Corporation in Houston, Texas, where he was a process engineering supervisor.

In 1967, Brookshire invested his life savings of $7,000 and borrowed an additional $3,000 to start S & B Engineers and Constructors with James Slaughter, Sr. The business grew from those two employees to more than 7,500 employees globally.

He is a registered professional engineer in Texas and Louisiana as well as a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and National Academy of Construction. Brookshire has been recognized by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, receiving its Engineering and Construction Contracting Division Award in 1998.

His professional honors include: past member, Government Programs Steering Committee of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers; past vice chairman of the ECC Executive Board (Engineering and Construction Contracting Division of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers; former member, Rice University Engineering Board of Review; former member, Board of Industrial Advisors, University of Houston, College of Technology, Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award and member of the Engineering Hall of Distinction, University of Houston; and member, National Academy of Construction.

Brookshire has contributed greatly to both his undergraduate and graduate alma maters, in addition to high schools and community colleges. In LSU’s College of Engineering, the William Brookshire Scholarship in Engineering rewards numerous full-time undergraduate students who have a combined work and course work schedule of 30 hours or more. It is his hope that, through this scholarship, students will have the opportunity to better balance work and coursework to ensure a bright and successful future. Also, the William A. Brookshire Graduate Assistantship in Chemical Engineering provides support to doctoral students and assists the Cain Department of Chemical Engineering in attracting some of the best postgraduate students in the field. His concern for LSU engineering students’ education is further evident in his contribution to the LSU Engineering Student Crisis Fund.

He has spent the majority of his life in east Texas and the Houston area. In his free time, Brookshire enjoys photography, skeet shooting, hunting, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren.