Liz (as she’s often called) graduated with a Bachelors degree in Biology from the University of Houston and really didn’t know much about the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), even though she later obtained a Master of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Louisiana State University in 1994. She was introduced to NSBE by her son, Aaron Lavergne, a former Treasurer and President of the Lamar University NSBE Chapter. She was so inspired by the works and mission of NSBE, not only is her son a Mechanical Engineering graduate, but her daughter, Cameron Lavergne, is also a soon-to-be Civil Engineering graduate, thus putting into practice the NSBE mission ….to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community. Both Cameron and Aaron are NSBE members collegiately and professionally.
As a member of the NSBE Houston Professionals chapter, Liz has participated in several programs, social and volunteer events. During the quarter, she served as a mentor for the Rising Leaders Summer Program, attended several networking events, and volunteered with NSBE at the Houston Food Bank. Liz currently works at Chevron but has had 25+ years of environmental engineering experience in various industries throughout her career working at NASA, MD Anderson Hospital, Texas Instruments and Baker Hughes. Outside of work, Liz is very involved as a Lector and fundraising volunteer at her Church, parent volunteer at Booker T. Washington High School (even though her kids have long-since graduated) , and as a member of the graduate chapter of her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Her hobbies and interests include personal financial planning, college and scholarship advising to help kids go to college and stay in school, watching her daughter play collegiate softball at Prairie View A&M University, and preparing for “empty-nesting” with her husband of 27 years, Martin Lavergne.