Mary R. Albert
Professor of Engineering, Dartmouth College
Executive Director, U.S. Ice Drilling Program Office
Mary R. Albert –Mary is a Professor at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. She is also Executive Director of the U.S. Ice Drilling Program. At Dartmouth she teaches classes on climate change and engineering, and also she and her graduate students conduct research on climate change in two ways: understanding evidence of past climate change archived in firn and ice from the polar ice sheets, and also solving adaptation and mitigation problems for use in communities experiencing impacts from current climate change. Mary has led and participated in many scientific studies both in Greenland and in Antarctica, including serving as Chief Scientist of the Norwegian-US Scientific Traverse of East Antarctica in 2007-2008. Albert Valley in Antarctica is named after Mary. On invitation from the National Academies, Mary served as Chair (2004-2006) of the U.S. National Committee for the International Polar Year, and she currently serves as a member of the U.S. National Committee for the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics. Mary earned her B.S. in Mathematics from Penn State, a B.E. and M.S. in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth, and a Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences from the University of California San Diego. Mary and her husband, a geophysicist, have been happily married for decades and have two grown children, both of whom are engineers.