Deborah L. Grubbe, PE, CEng, NAC
Principal Consultant, DuPont
Deborah Grubbe has over 35 years’ experience in the process industries, primarily in engineering, operations, and capital management and safety roles. Her unique blend of technical knowledge, when combined with her communications skills, enables her to analyze complex organizational issues and to offer potential solutions. She has participated in high profile investigations, including the Columbia Shuttle Accident Investigation Board, where Deborah served as an expert consultant in safety culture. She went on to work with NASA as a member of its Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel. Additionally, Deborah has served on two National Academy of Sciences panels to draft facility operational and closure protocols for the US Army’s Chemical Weapons Demilitarization program. While at DuPont, Deborah developed thinking about how health affects safety. Her sponsorship of key pilots resulted in DuPont sites avoiding injuries and their associated costs by focusing on employee health and well-being at the “man-machine interface.” In 2001-2003, Deborah had a lead role and worked to take DuPont’s safety concepts and methods into the healthcare industry. The activity was successful and resulted in improved knowledge and implementation within two major clients. In 2013, Deborah was inducted into the US National Academy of Construction in recognition of her contributions to industrial and construction safety.