Dr Carole LeBlanc is the former Director of Engineering and Research for the United States Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. From 2007–2012, she was the Special Expert on Emerging Contaminants for the US Department of Defense (DoD), where she was awarded a Defense Special Act Award for her part in the formation of DoD’s toxic and hazardous chemicals reduction plan, mandated by Presidential Executive Order 13423. In 1999, she was part of a Massachusetts state team that received the prestigious Ford Foundation and John F. Kennedy School of Government/Harvard University’s Innovations in American Government Award. Dr LeBlanc was the first American woman to graduate from the doctoral program in Sustainable Development and Management at Erasmus University, the Netherlands. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine, USA.