Visiting Aerospace Industry Engineer Inspiring Diversity by Example

Friday, January 15, 2016
Lillian Dukes

Lillian Dukes

A leading engineer in the aerospace industry hopes to inspire tomorrow's professionals in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through a series of events with Rose-Hulman students, faculty, and staff on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 18.

Lillian Dukes, vice president of business operations for global customer support and services at Spirit AeroSystems, has spent more than 20 years in a variety of roles within the aerospace industry. She has mentored students and employees in their professional growth.

Before joining Spirit AeroSystems, Dukes spent two and one-half years with the Beechcraft Corporation, where she was responsible for global supply chain operations. She also spent 11 years in American Airlines' maintenance and engineering organization, where she held various leadership positions in purchasing, inventory control, engineering, component maintenance, and production control.

In 2001, Dukes left American Airlines to join Midwest Airlines, as director of technical services. She later was vice president of three strategic areas (maintenance, technical services, and materials management) for Independence Air and vice president of technical services for American Eagle Airlines. She earned a master's degree in electrical engineering from Villanova University and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and mathematics from Carnegie-Mellon University.

At Rose-Hulman, Dukes will be the featured speaker at the institute's Martin Luther King Jr. Student Leadership Dinner, discuss with students items on the topic "What College Didn't Teach Me," and make a presentation for the campus community on the practical applications of advanced technology at Spirit AeroSystems.