Deborah L. Grubbe

President and Owner, Operations & Safety Solutions, LLC


Deborah Grubbe started up and owns a consultancy that offers competitive strategies and methodologies to solve operational issues in the process industries. Formerly vice president of Group Safety for BP plc, Ms. Grubbe oversaw the two safest years in BP's history during 2006 and 2007. She joined BP in 2005 after a 27-year career with DuPont, where she held corporate director roles in engineering, operations and safety.

Ms. Grubbe is a former member of the NASA Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel, and was a consultant to the Columbia Shuttle Accident Investigation Board. She is also an Emeritus Member of the Centre for Chemical Process Safety, and was elected in 2013 to the National Academy of Construction for her expertise in capital project management and safety. Deborah is currently the Chief Marketing Officer for Near Miss Management, LLC, atech startup in Philadelphia. As a former Board Member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Deborah is currently leading an Institute evaluation of the needs around engineering ethics within chemical engineering practice.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Deborah earned her BS in Chemical Engineering from Purdue and was a Winston Churchill Fellow at the University of Cambridge, England, where she obtained a certificate in post graduate studies in chemical engineering. She received the Outstanding Chemical Engineer Award in 1994, the Purdue University Engineering Alumni Service Award in 2001, the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award in 2002, and received an Honorary Doctorate in Engineering in 2010. Ms. Grubbe was named Delaware's Engineer of the Year in 2002.

One of Ms. Grubbe's proudest achievements was when she brought a business idea from concept to commercial reality by successfully applying industrial safety to healthcare. Her proudest personal moments come when she is able to help someone overcome an obstacle.