2024 Della Roy Lecturer

Dr. Maria Juenger

Dr. Maria Juenger is the L.B. (Preach) Meaders Professor of Engineering in the Fariborz Maseeh Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Juenger’s teaching and research focus on materials used in civil engineering applications. She primarily examines chemical issues in cement-based materials, including phase formation in cement clinkering, hydration chemistry of cements and supplementary cementitious materials, and chemical deterioration processes in concrete. Her current research efforts emphasize the interaction of cement-based materials and the environment. This work encompasses the development and characterization of cementitious systems with lower carbon dioxide and energy footprints, as well as the capacity of cementitious materials to produce or remove airborne and waterborne pollutants.

Dr. Juenger is a fellow of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and the American Ceramic Society (ACerS) and currently serves as Vice President of ACI. She has received several awards from ACI for her research, teaching, and service, including the Walter P. Moore, Jr. Faculty Achievement Award, the Young Member Award for Professional Achievement, the Wason Medal for Materials Research, the Delmar L. Bloem Distinguished Service Award, and the Concrete Sustainability Award. She also received a Faculty Early CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation. She is on the editorial boards of both Cement and Concrete Research and Cement and Concrete Composites.