Del Holland Dugas, a Chemical Engineer, currently works as a Project Business Planner at ExxonMobil and has responsibility for leading and developing major capital investments consistent with the site’s business objectives. She progressed through a variety of assignments with a professional career that extends over thirty-five years. She displays a high degree of responsibility and commitment to her work and to her community.
Often described as a trailblazer, Del is a champion for recruiting and cultivating the next generation of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) leaders. She mentors countless engineering interns and newly-hired professional employees, providing guidance to help them achieve their personal and professional goals. In addition, she devotes efforts to promoting engineering at both the high school and college levels. She can be found lecturing at high school career fairs, pre-college camps, and college seminars, offering insight to students about engineering and other science professions.
For many years, Del has been involved with academics and diversity initiatives in the LSU College of Engineering. She served as Chair of the Engineering Diversity Advisory Board and continues to actively support it. She also serves on the LSU Diversity Scholars Program Advisory Board. Her collaboration with LSU on strategic initiatives helped to progress objectives focused on increasing student recruitment, retention, and graduation in engineering.
Her history of dedication and service includes not only LSU, but extends to the Greater Baton Rouge community and beyond through many social and civic endeavors. She provided leadership for non-profit organizations, including the Baton Rouge Speech and Hearing Foundation (now Emerge Center), Quota International, the YMCA, Junior Achievement, and volunteers in Public Schools.
Through the course of her career, she received several professional and service accolades, leading to local, state, and national recognition. These include technical excellence awards; the LSU Chancellor’s esquicentennial Service Award (2010), which honored outstanding alumni for contributions to its 150-year history; the Inspiring Women in STEM Award by INSIGHT into Diversity Magazine (2016); the LSU Esprit de Femme Award (2017) for exceptional efforts toward the advancement of women in Louisiana.
She is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Louisiana Engineering Society. Del received a B. S. in Chemical Engineering from LSU and was inducted into the LSU Engineering Hall of Distinction (2017).