Della M. Roy, Emeritus Professor of Materials
Science, was the first female materials
scientist ever elected to the National
Academy of Engineering (NAE,1987), the
first woman from Penn State to be elected to
the NAE, and the first woman elected to the
World Academy of Ceramics.
The founding editor of the journal Cement
and Concrete (1971-2005), Roy was cited
by the NAE “For internationally recognized
contributions to applied science and
engineering of cement and concrete.”
Her patents range from porous biomaterials
for bone repair to methods for radioactive
storage. The mineral dellaite, which she
synthesized in 1965, is named for her.
Roy’s other areas of research include
chemically bonded ceramics, crystal
growth and crystal chemistry, and phase
A founding member of the Materials
Research Laboratory, Roy is the author of
over 400 publications. She retired from
Penn State in 2012.