Dr. Lilia Ann Abron

Dr. Lilia Ann Abron is the first Black woman to earn a Ph.D. in chemical engineering (1972).

Degree(s): Chemistry, Sanitary Engineering, Chemical Engineering

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Undergraduate Institution: LeMoyne-Owen College (HBCU)

Graduate Institution:  Washington University in St. Louis, University of Iowa

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Photo Credit: Owlcation

Dr. Lilia Ann Abron is the first Black woman to earn a Ph.D. in chemical engineering (1972). She is also the first Black woman to start an environmental engineering firm (PEER Consultants, PC). She later founded PEER Africa to build energy-efficient homes in post-apartheid South Africa. Dr. Abron has also held faculty positions at Tennessee State University, Vanderbilt University, and Howard University.

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Fun Fact: Dr. Abron is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

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