Mary Beth Mulcahy
Dr. Mary Beth Mulcahy is a Chemical Incident Investigator who joined the Chemical Safety Board in April 2009 and is currently supporting the CSB’s Deepwater Horizon investigation. Previous CSB investigations she has been involved with include a fatal fireworks disassembly accident in Hawaii, a university laboratory accident at Texas Tech University that severely injured a graduate student, and fatal natural gas explosions at a ConAgra food plant and at the Kleen Energy construction site of a new power plant. Dr. Mulcahy began her working career as a high school science teacher, but returned to school to earn 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.