Deborah Grubbe, PE | http://opsandss.com
What do you do?
I help firms improve their operations and risk profile/performance through detailed assessments of hard and soft asset effectiveness. Additionally, I help organizations transition to new technology and process safety management implementations.
What do you see as the biggest opportunity in your industry?
In support of STEM careers, there is a real need for talented and creative women and men to come together to solve the complex problems of our time: clean water, cheap energy, mobility, control of disease. For example, bottled water is now more expensive than gasoline, and the demand for clean water will only accelerate with the increased use of biofuels and food manufacturing. Additionally, engineers are now working with scientists and doctors to change the nature of molecules inside the human body to combat diseases in a new way.
What impact will changes in your industry have on consumers? the world?
Chemical engineers differ from other engineers because we transform matter from one form to another. In other words, chemical engineers build molecules for many applications across all industries. Consumers will have more choice of products, better healthcare, cleaner water and more job opportunities. When people are able to benefit, the world community will also move forward.
What is your biggest goal right now?
At this moment I have multiple goals: 1) Exceed my clients’ expectations in a safe and sustainable manner, 2) Lead the marketing effort on a new, proven, process safety technology that is helping industries lower their risk profiles, 3) Continue to serve as a role model for women in the STEM fields and 4) Spend more time with my mother and my husband!
What kind of support or types of people do you need to accelerate your success?
The serious answer would be an engineering student that would be willing to take on spot projects to support clients. The humorous answer would be…..a clone!
What makes you or your work different from everybody else?
My experience base is rather unique. I have worked in multinationals at the executive level, advised the US Army on the demilitarization of the US Chemical Weapons stockpile, and was appointed by NASA to its Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (9 years). I have co-authored electronic books on Process Safety and now serve on the boards of two start-ups.