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With a passion to impact others through philanthropy, Susan and James F. "Jim" Thompson ’83 are committed to serving as catalysts in the academic and professional journey of current engineering students by establishing the Thompson Family Endowed Scholarship.

Susan and James F. "Jim" Thompson ’83 posing for a photo while sitting on a rock outdoors.
Susan and James F. "Jim" Thompson ’83. | Image: Courtesy of Susan and James F. "Jim Thompson ’83.

Heading to Aggieland to learn from renowned engineers at a top-tier university, third-generation civil engineer Thompson was determined to further his passion for engineering at Texas A&M.

The rich academic offerings on campus gave him a thriving, educationally rich environment where he quickly immersed himself in the Aggie Spirit.

"I enjoyed the opportunity to greet everyone with a 'Howdy,'" said Thompson.

With access to extensive learning opportunities on campus, Thompson excelled in the classroom, laying the foundations for a fruitful career.

After graduation, Thompson delved into civil structures and hydraulics, which refined his engineering innovation skills and enabled him to lead prominent organizations.

Leading infrastructure firm AECOM hired Thompson to manage professional and construction services in the U.S. Southwest and Mountain regions. He later advanced to Chief Executive of International Government Services and Global Programs at AECOM, where he spent 10 years in Africa, leading infrastructure capital investments worth billions.

Upon returning to the United States, Thompson continued his dedicated service to the industry he holds dear through various leadership roles impacting the landscape of civil and structural engineering.

Susan and James F. "Jim" Thompson ’83, kneeling in the snow with the Northern Lights behind them.
Susan and James F. "Jim" Thompson ’83 pictured with the Northern Lights. | Image: Courtesy of Susan and James F. "Jim Thompson ’83.

With the success of his career, Thompson recognized the importance of giving back to Texas A&M, establishing an endowed scholarship to support the academic and professional achievement of Aggie engineers.

"I think it's crucial to continue giving back to foster the growth of others," said Thompson.

As the Chairman and CEO of DCCM, an esteemed engineering organization with 1,000 employees, Thompson remains committed to giving back to the university that helped him achieve his goals. Contributing to the academic and professional development of engineers through financial assistance helps Thompson and his family leave a lasting impact on Aggieland.

Continuing the family legacy of Texas A&M Aggies, Thompson's son, Parker Thompson ’13, graduated with a degree in construction science and works alongside his father at DCCM as an Associate Vice President of Corporate Development.

Outside of his leadership in civil engineering, Thompson enjoys quality time with his family and outdoors, often visiting his South Texas ranch to relish the landscape and the hunting seasons.

How to Give

Endowments supporting students in the college have an immeasurable impact on their education. If you are interested in supporting the College of Engineering and its departments or would like more information on how you can give, please contact one of our development officers.