Elizabeth (Betsy) Murty Dell is a Professor of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering
Technology at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester, New York. She also
serves as the Director of RIT’s AdvanceRIT office, Senior Faculty Associate to the Provost
and co-chair of RIT’s President’s Commission on Women.
In these roles, she leads efforts that support the recruitment, retention and advancement of
a diverse faculty and cultivate an equitable, vibrant and inclusive culture for all at RIT. This
work has been recognized with awards from RIT and from national organizations,
including the 2021 National Institute of Health (NIH) Prize for Enhancing Faculty Gender
Diversity in Biomedical and Behavioral Science.
She develops and leads programs to build the pipeline of a diverse engineering workforce,
including targeted scholarship programs at RIT, K-12 outreach programs, and RIT’s
Women in Technology program. In addition to research on effective strategies to promote
diversity and inclusion in STEM higher education, her technical research interests include
the development of sustainable polymeric materials.
In 2015, Betsy received the Isaac L. Jordan Faculty Pluralism Award, which honors faculty
members for their significant contributions to enhancing diversity at RIT. She also earned
the Edwina Award in 2012, which recognizes significant contributions to supporting
gender diversity at RIT. Also in 2012, the Women in Technology program, of which Betsy
was the director, was named the Women in Engineering Program of the Year by the
Women in Engineering Pro-Advocates Network (WEPAN).
Betsy has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications. Earlier in her career, she
worked as a Materials Engineer and Product Design Engineer at General Motors and
She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from GMI and a Master’s degree
in Macromolecular Science & Engineering from the University of Michigan.
While attending GMI, Betsy designed Kettering’s bulldog logo as part of a mural contest for
a new athletic facility.