Stephen Bechtel Jr., longtime CEO of Bechtel and champion of civil engineering, dies at 95

Stephen D. Bechtel Jr., Ph.D., Dist.M.ASCE, NAE, retired chairman and CEO of Bechtel, who led the company through massive expansion from the 1960s through the ’80s, and was a lifelong philanthropist who championed production of ASCE’s 2017 IMAX movie Dream Big: Engineering Our World, has died at 95.


A grandson of founder Warren A. Bechtel, Bechtel extended the firm’s reach worldwide during his leadership from 1960-1990. According to the company, under his leadership, Bechtel’s sales improved 11-fold, its workforce grew five-fold, and the number of major projects increased from 18 to 119.

Bechtel was a Marine Corps veteran

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