Dr. Maria Juenger will deliver the 2024 Della Roy Lecture, titled "The Road to Sustainable Cement," highlighting the critical role of sustainability in modern construction.

The United Nations Brundtland Commission in 1987 defined sustainability as "meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." This lecture will underscore the ongoing importance of sustainable infrastructure development for enhancing quality of life globally.

Dr. Juenger holds the L.B. (Preach) Meaders Professorship in Engineering at the Fariborz Maseeh Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research and teaching focus on civil engineering materials, particularly the chemical aspects of cement-based materials. An esteemed fellow of both the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and the American Ceramic Society (ACerS), Dr. Juenger also serves as Vice President of ACI. 

In 2024, the urgency of sustainable construction, especially sustainable cements, has intensified as climate goals become more ambitious and defined. Dr. Juenger's lecture will delve into the history and technological advancements of sustainable cements, including the pioneering work of Della Roy. She will discuss her extensive research over the past two decades on calcium sulfoaluminate belite cements, alkali-activated materials, and supplementary cementitious materials, focusing on their synthesis, characterization, and innovative applications.

This lecture promises to offer valuable insights into the evolution and future of green cement technology, aligning with the global push towards more sustainable construction practices. For more information: https://ceramics.org/event-subpage/cements-2024-della-roy-lecturer/