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Penn State Alumni Association Recognition

Eberly College of Science alumni making a difference

The Lion Shrine on the University Park campus.

The Alumni Fellow Award is the most prestigious award given by the Penn State Alumni Association. Since 1973, the Alumni Fellow Award has been given to select alumni who, as leaders in their professional fields, are nominated by an academic college and accept an invitation from the President of the University to return to campus to share their expertise with students, faculty, and administrators.


Alexa Dembek in front of Nittany Lion statue

Alexa Dembek is a 30-year DuPont veteran. She is a born problem-solver, innovator, and education advocate. She champions the company’s entrepreneurial mindset to spur growth, while fostering close collaboration with customers and strategic partners alike.

The business success Alexa has achieved is emblematic of her passion for enabling innovation to flourish, a consistent theme spanning her career at DuPont. Alexa leads business and innovation strategy alignment to make the most impactful portfolio choices for DuPont. She is passionate about elevating the role sustainability plays in investment decisions and how DuPont can help customers achieve their own sustainability ambitions.

Prior to assuming her current role, Alexa led DuPont Central Research and Development. Throughout her career Alexa has been an ardent champion of the next generation of innovators. This, coupled with her commitment to talent development and inclusion, has prepared her well for current leadership role at DuPont.

Alexa serves on the dean’s advisory board for Penn State’s Eberly College of Science and is active with the Delaware Innovation Space, a partnership between the University of Delaware and the state that incubates startups. She is a recipient of Eberly’s Outstanding Science Alumni Award and is the author of 16 peer-reviewed journal articles, two symposia chapters, and five issued US patents.

Alexa is a member of the Penn State Alumni Association. In addition to her Penn State degree, she holds a degree in Chemistry from Northern Illinois University. She lives in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Scott, and their three children, Alan, Jonathan, and Daniel.

Previous Eberly Alumni Fellow Recipients

Eliav Barr
Colonel (Ret.) Priscilla H. Hamilton (Nominated by Penn State Behrend)

Mark Becker

Allan Silberman

Janet Vergis
Andrew Santacroce (Nominated by Penn State Abington)

Stephen D. Miller
Scott M. Smith

Donald J. Abraham
Bruce Eric Blausen

Gary Ralph Matyas
Tom Richardson

F. Alan Andersen (Nominated by the Graduate School)
Arthur Baldwin
Bob Wilson

Robert G. Faris (Nominated by Liberal Arts)
Stuart Seides

Bruce Gewertz
Amitabh Srivastava

Richard B. Silverman

Ronald L. Mallett (Nominated by Altoona)
Chad A. Mirkin
Gail Folena-Wasserman