Dow Support Key in Upgrade for LTU Science, Engineering Program

Stacey Chiasson, second from left, Dow’s Louisiana Public Affairs Leader, poses with Louisiana Tech University officials, from left, Stan Napper, Sandy Johnson and Les Guice after announcement of a $1 million donation to the school’s College of Engineering and Science.

Louisiana Tech University will build a new Integrated Science and Engineering Building on its Ruston campus thanks in part to Dow support. The Dow Chemical Company Foundation donated $1 million for the project, which Stan Napper, the school’s vice president for research and development, called “one of the most significant single gifts ever received by the College of Engineering and Science at Louisiana Tech.” The university announced the gift on its website Jan. 25. It said the building will feature new active learning class labs, shops and meeting rooms for engineering, math and science classes. Ernest Green, Dow’s Sterlington site leader, said the university has provided Dow with more than 100 employees over the years.

“Louisiana Tech is a strategic talent pool for Dow and we recognize the outstanding engineering graduates they produce,” Green said. “Dow has had great success in hiring and retaining those graduates. In order to grow in Louisiana, we must also invest in the people and our communities, and this contribution ensures that we will continue our partnership well into the future.” Louisiana Tech President Les Guice said Dow has been a valued partner of the university for decades. “Dow is making positive impacts throughout the state,” Guice said. “Their generosity in support of our engineering and science building campaign is greatly appreciated. We are grateful for their continued support of Louisiana Tech and we look forward to working together to create new growth opportunities for Louisiana and the region.” For more about the project, go to