Mary Beth Mulcahy
Mary Beth Mulcahy is a Principal Member of the Technical Staff in the Global Chemical and Biological Security (GCBS) group at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. Mary Beth joined GCBS after 9 years as an investigator with the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB), an independent federal agency that determines the root causes of major chemical accidents in the United States. At the CSB, Mary Beth investigated accidents in a variety of settings; an onshore oil rig blowout, a dust explosion at a corn milling facility in Wisconsin, an offshore oil drilling rig (Deepwater Horizon), an ammonium nitrate explosion, a university laboratory, as well as explosions at a food and power plants. Mary Beth earned her PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Colorado in Boulder. After graduate school, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship funded by the National Science Foundation at the Instituto Balseiro in Bariloche, Argentina and then spent time doing research for a biotechnology company.