Dr. White is a Senior Fellow and the Materials Research Program Manager at USGBC. Her work aims to improve our understanding of the health impacts of building materials, increase materials data transparency, and incentivize the use of non-toxic ingredients in building materials.
Before joining USGBC, Dr. White served as a policy advisor in the US Senate as the Materials Research Society/Optical Society Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow, and worked in the Materials Research Division of the National Science Foundation NSF) as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy fellow. Through these positions, she developed a broad range of expertise, including materials for sustainable development; biomaterials; the integration of experiment, computation, and data to advance new materials discovery; and science, technology, engineering, and math education. Her decade of materials research experience includes advanced ceramics for thermal insulation, bone graft materials, and carbon nanotubes.
Dr. White completed her PhD in Materials Science from the University of Cambridge as a British Marshall Scholar and NSF Graduate Research Fellow, and received a BS in Materials Science & Engineering and a BA in Music from Virginia Tech. In addition to her USGBC responsibilities, she performs as a concert violinist and has developed and taught university courses on the connections between science and music.