Mary Ann Curran
Dr. Mary Ann Curran (former US EPA) is an internationally-recognized expert in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).
Upon receiving a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati in 1980, Dr. Curran began working for the US Environmental Protection Agency’s National Risk Management Research Laboratory (NRMRL) in Cincinnati, Ohio. After working in waste management research for several years, her research turned to industrial pollution prevention. In 1989, this work introduced her to a new environmental management approach, LCA.
Through years of research, networking, and publishing, she developed an in-depth knowledge of the field and created an extensive network of LCA researchers and practitioners world-wide. Steadily working toward building awareness both within and outside the Agency regarding the important implications that LCA has regarding the protection of human health and the environment, her activities have contributed to the Laboratory’s growing reputation as a leader in LCA research and development. Dr. Curran’s research activities have included the development of LCA methodology, the performance and review of life-cycle case studies, planning life-cycle workshops and conferences, and the development of a life cycle data and resources.
She serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, and Management of Environmental Quality, and the on-line journal Sustainability. In addition to authoring numerous papers and book chapters, Dr. Curran was editor on the "LCA Handbook" published by Scrivener-Wiley in October 2012. She has presented EPA’s activities in LCA-related research at technical meetings across the US and in Europe, South America, South Africa, Asia, and Australia. After 32 years of federal service, Dr. Curran has entered into private practice as an LCA consultant (BAMAC, Ltd).
Dr. Curran studied Environmental Management and Policy at Lund University, Lund, Sweden (MSc 1996); and earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree at Erasmus University’s International PhD program on “Cleaner Products, Cleaner Production, Industrial Ecology and Sustainability” for her thesis entitled “Development of Life Cycle Methodology: A Focus on Co-Product Allocation” (2008). Dr. Curran is a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).