Del Dugas has the distinction of being the first African-American female to graduate from Louisiana State University (LSU) with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and is also among the first African-American female Chemical Engineers employed by ExxonMobil Baton Rouge. As a Project Business Planner, she is responsible for developing and executing multimillion-dollar capital investments.
Del is a trailblazer, leader, champion and advocate for diversity in engineering and other science professions. She has been instrumental in recruiting, mentoring, and cultivating the next generation of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) leaders. Her collaboration on strategic initiatives with LSU has led to record increases in minority and female engineering graduates, allowing them to capitalize on state, national, and global opportunities.
Del’s history of leadership, dedication, and service includes not only LSU, but extends to the greater Baton Rouge community and beyond through many social and civic endeavors. Her humanitarian efforts continue to enrich the lives of countless individuals.
For her numerous contributions, she received several professional and service accolades, leading to local, state, and national recognitions.