The Fragile Ice
Dr. Mary Albert
Dr. Mary Albert is a senior research engineer at the U.S. Army ERDC Cold Regions
Research and Engineering Lab in Hanover, New Hampshire. She is also an Adjunct Professor
at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. Mary studies heat, mass,
and electromagnetic transfer in porous media. She especially enjoys investigations
of air-snow transfer on the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets for ice core interpretation
and understanding the impact of photochemical reactions in snow on atmospheric chemistry.
She has many seasons of experience in field expeditions in Greenland and Antarctica.
Dr. Albert received her Ph.D. in Applied Mechanics and Engineering Sciences from
the University of California San Diego in 1992. She received a B.E. and M.E. in
Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth in 1983, and a B.S. in Mathematics from Penn
State in 1975. She was the recipient of the Army R&D Award in 1989, U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers Women in Science Achievement Award in 1996, U.S. Army Commander's Award
for Civilian Service in 1999, and many Army EEO, Performance, and Special Act awards.
From 2003-2005, Dr. Albert served as Chair of the U.S. National Committee for the
International Polar Year, a committee of the National Research Council Polar Research
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