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Susan Fredholm-Murphy '06

Susan is a member of Olin College’s inaugural class of 2006 and the College’s first Alumni Trustee. She joined the Olin Community in 2001 as one of 30 Olin Partners and has remained an active member of the Olin community ever since.

A National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship recipient, Ms. Murphy received a master's degree from MIT's Technology and Policy program in 2008. Following MIT, she has worked to help grow the North American presence of the environmental sustainability software and consultancy firm PE International.  At PE, she helps clients understand and improve the environmental impacts of their products through Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). Ms. Murphy initiated and manages PE's role in the development of the award-winning SolidWorks Sustainability LCA tool for mechanical designers, and currently manages PE's North American service delivery for clients in the building and construction industries.

As an Olin student, Susan helped establish the school’s honor code, served as the first chair of the Honor Board, was one of the first Resident Resources (R2s), and was very active in student government, the Babson Dance Ensemble, and many other campus activities. She majored in mechanical engineering with a focus on materials science.  Upon graduation she served as one of the first two class alumni representatives. In this role, she was instrumental in establishing the Olin Alumni Association and the Olin Alumni Council as its governing body. Ms. Murphy also served as co-chair of the Alumni Events Committee and was a member of the Class of 2006 Reunion Planning Committee. She volunteers her time to current Olin students as the moderator of an annual panel about careers in energy and sustainability, as a speaker at Olin open house events, and as an advisor to students considering graduate school.