Dr. Delbert Day of Rolla, Mo., Curators’ Professor emeritus of ceramic engineering at UMR and co-founder of Mo-Sci Corp. in Rolla., will deliver the commencement address during UMR’s Annual Commencement Saturday, May 15.
More than 600 degrees will be awarded during commencement, which begins at 11 a.m. in UMR’s Gale Bullman Multi-Purpose Building, 10th Street and Bishop Avenue.
Day currently serves as chairman and chief executive officer of Mo-Sci Corp. He earned a bachelor’s degree in ceramic engineering from UMR (then the University of the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy) in 1958. He received master’s and Ph.D. degrees in ceramic technology from Pennsylvania State University in 1960 and 1961.
Day is the co-inventor of special radioactive glass microspheres, now sold under the name TheraSphere, which are used commercially to treat patients with liver cancer at 14 cancer centers in the United States. He also is developing biodegradable glass microspheres for treating rheumatoid arthritis, for long-term drug delivery, and for fillers in bioactive composites used for bone repair. Day has published more than 300 technical articles, edited three books and is a registered professional engineer in Missouri. Day holds 44 U.S. and foreign patents. His numerous honors and awards include election into the National Academy of Engineering, receiving the UMR Chancellor Medal, the Outstanding Ceramic Educator Award, the Nation’s Outstanding Young Ceramic Engineer Award, the University of Missouri Presidential Award for esearch and Creativity, the Morey Award for Research on Glass, and the Hosler Alumni Scholar Medal for Scientific Achievement from Pennsylvania State University. Day is also a fellow and past president of the American Ceramic Society and a fellow of the National Institute of Ceramic Engineers.
Prior to commencement, the campus will hold its 2004 Spring Graduation Jubilee from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, May 14, on the mall north of the University Center-West on campus. In case of inclement weather the Graduation Jubilee will be held on the first floor in University Center-East on UMR’s campus.