Deborah Grubbe is Owner and President of Operations and Safety Solutions, LLC, a consultancy that specializes in enhancing returns from both hard and soft assets. She is the former Vice President of Group Safety for BP plc, which had its two safest years ever under her watch. Deborah was trained in the characteristics of safe operations during her 27 year career at DuPont, where she held corporate director positions in safety, operations and engineering. Her many assignments have included capital project implementation, strategic safety assessments, manufacturing management and human resources.
Deborah is a member of the NASA Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel, and served as a consultant on safety culture to the Columbia Shuttle Accident Investigation Board. She is also a member of the National Safety Council’s Board of Trustees. She is a former Chair of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Visiting Committee for Advanced Technology. Deborah currently serves on the Purdue University College of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council, and is a member of the FIRST Robotics Board of Directors. She is working with the National Academy of Sciences as a member of the Closure Committee to support the Demilitarization of the US Chemical Weapons Stockpile. Deborah is a former member of the Board of Directors of American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Center for Chemical Process Safety. In 2002, she received the Purdue Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, and was named “Engineer of the Year” in the State of Delaware.
She has been active in the Delaware community; as former president and board member of the Chesapeake Bay Girl Scout Council, and currently sits on their Northern President’s Advisory Council. Deborah is currently a board member of the Delaware Zoological Society. She was the first woman and youngest elected member on the State of Delaware Registration Board for Professional Engineers (1985-1989). During her tenure on the State Board, she was the Chair of the Law Enforcement and Ethics Committee.
Deborah was born in suburban Chicago and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering with Highest Distinction from Purdue University. She received a Winston Churchill Fellowship to attend Cambridge University in England, where she received a Certificate of Post-Graduate Study in Chemical Engineering. She is a registered professional engineer in Delaware, is a chartered engineer in the UK, and is married to James B. Porter, Jr., of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.