April 17, 2013

The LSU College of Engineering will honor three new inductees, William A. Brookshire, Ph.D.; Edward “Eddie” L. Rispone and Gerard “Jerry” L. Rispone, at its 32nd annual Hall of Distinction on Friday, April 19 at the LSU Union Cotillion Ballroom.

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. 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.

Edward “Eddie” L. Rispone, a 1972 LSU graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Technology, is co-founder and chairman of ISC Constructors, LLC, which specializes in electrical and instrumentation engineering and construction.

Gerard “Jerry” Rispone, a 1985 graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, is co-founder, president and chief executive officer of ISC Constructors, LLC. ISC predominantly performs work for industrial owners throughout the Gulf Coast with its home office in Baton Rouge, La. and branch offices in Houston and Beaumont, Texas. ISC began in 1989 and today employs approximately 2,000 people with annual revenues of approximately $220 million.

“The College of Engineering is honored to recognize these stellar engineers for our 32nd annual Hall of Distinction,” said Rick Koubek, dean, LSU College of Engineering. “Bill, Eddie and Jerry have enacted strong leadership through transformative roles in their professions and impressive contributions to LSU. These inductees represent the true significance of the LSU Engineer.” 

Criteria for election include distinguished professorial achievement, dedicated service to engineering and outstanding humanitarian activities. Eligibility is not limited to LSU alumni, although it is expected that nominees will have had some connection with and have shown interest in LSU. Nominations may be made by anyone, and are solicited each year from alumni, faculty and friends of the college. Election to the Hall of Distinction is by a broadly constituted ten-member board of election, which reviews and acts on nominations.

All three honorees are dedicated philanthropists and volunteers, especially in their commitment to the 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. 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 post-graduate students in the field. Brookshire’s concern for LSU student’s education is further evident in his contribution to the LSU Engineering Student Crisis Fund.

Eddie Rispone partnered with the Department of Construction Management to fund two professorships, one through ISC and another through a personal gift. Jerry Rispone also partnered with his alma mater, through the Division of Electrical & Computer Engineering to fund two professorships, one through ISC and another through a personal gift.

In 1979, the CoE established the Hall of Distinction to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the engineering profession. Seven charter members were elected that year, and, generally, two achievers in engineering have been added each year since.

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For more information about this year’s distinguished recipients or about the Hall of Distinction, contact Mimi LaValle at 225-578-5706 or mlavall@lsu.edu.



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