Kelly Dzumela George, Ph.D., '00 to receive the Outstanding Young Alumni Award


Kelly Dzumela George, Ph.D., '00 to receive the Outstanding Young Alumni Award

Kelly Dzumela George, Ph.D., ’00 is an Associate Principal Chemist at L’Oreal USA’s Research & Innovation Skin Care Development Laboratories in Clark, New Jersey, where she currently leads Innovation and Development projects for the Clarisonic brand. George was selected as a L’Oreal USA Research & Innovation Spokesperson in 2014. 

For the dedication and passion she gives to her field, George is being recognized with the 2014 Outstanding Young Alumni Award. George will receive her award at the Homecoming & Reunion Weekend Presidential Dinner. You can register for the dinner at:

George joined L’Oreal in December 2012 following four years at Hoffmann-La Roche. During her tenure at Roche, George managed teams and Discovery Chemistry projects as a Section Head and Lead Chemist. Prior to that, she worked as a Scientist and Project Leader for Procter & Gamble.

She was awarded a Bristol-Myers Squibb Graduate Fellowship in Synthetic Organic Chemistry and was recognized as a L’Oreal USA For Women in Science Fellow in 2004, one of five doctoral students nationwide to receive that honor. L’Oreal USA’s For Women in Science program awards five women scientists annually who are doing compelling research in the areas of physical and material sciences.

George has spent much of her career as an industrial chemist, both in the pharmaceutical and consumer product development sectors. She is an accomplished Scientific Leader with a proven track record for leading teams, championing innovative collaborations, advancing projects and delivering winning products to the marketplace. In addition, she has authored ten scientific publications and presented eight external scientific presentations, as well as sixteen invited lectures.

George was recognized by the American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Organic Chemistry as a 2014 Young Investigator. She has been appointed by the ACS Board of Directors to the National Executive Women Chemists Committee where she currently serves as the Professional Development Chair. She is passionate about mentoring, attracting, promoting and retaining women and minorities in the chemical sciences, and was a featured panelist at the 2014 United Nations Women’s National Committee.

A Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate of Washington & Jefferson College with a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry and English, George went on to earn her doctor of philosophy in organic chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 2005. Her doctoral thesis focused on the synthesis of two natural products and her work was published in the Journal of Organic Chemistry.