Academic Credentials
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, 1985
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 1981
Licenses & Certifications
  • 8-Hour OSHA Annual Refresher
  • Certified Safety Professional (CSP)
  • OSHA #500 Trainer Course In Occupational Safety & Health Standards For Construction
  • OSHA #502 Update for Construction Industry Outreach Trainers
  • OSHA #510 Occupational Safety And Health Standards For The Construction Industry
  • OSHA #511 Occupational Safety and Health Standards for General Industry
Professional Affiliations
  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • American Society for Testing and Materials, ASTM Committee E34 Occupational Health and Safety
    • E34.30 Occupational Health and Safety in Construction
    • E34.91 Long Range Planning
    • E34.92 Technical Committee Operation
    • F 13 Pedestrian/Walkway Safety and Footwear
    • F13.50 Walkway Surfaces
  • Peer reviewer for ASME 2014 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exhibition Conference

Ms. Kennedy's expertise is in the discipline of mechanical engineering, including the fields of mechanical design and the mechanical behavior of materials. She has attained specialized competence in industrial and occupational safety including matters such as machine guarding, fall protection, hazardous energy control, aerial lifts, scaffolding, material handling, walking/working surfaces, and slip-and-fall matters. 

Ms. Kennedy has experience in evaluating worker, equipment, and facility safety. She has investigated incidents associated with construction equipment such as excavators and cranes. She has also assisted clients in developing machine guarding, performing safety audits, and identifying risks associated with occupational activities.

Throughout her career, Ms. Kennedy has used her expertise in mechanical engineering to solve a broad range of problems related to failure analysis and prevention, vehicle accident investigation and reconstruction, and product design and development. She has performed failure and accident investigations of many different components and equipment including: elevators, escalators, consumer products, amusement park rides, and power plant components such as reactor vessels, steam generators, boilers, and turbines. Ms. Kennedy's work has included the area of mechanical behavior of materials. Her expertise also covers fracture mechanics analysis, statistical modeling of material data, and remaining life assessments.

Ms. Kennedy is a Certified Safety Professional. She has received the Safety and Health Specialist Certificates in Construction Industry and General Industry from the OSHA Training Institute Education Center and is authorized to teach the 10- and 30-hour Outreach Courses in OSHA's Construction Safety and Health Standards. She was also the President of the Boston Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers. She currently teaches courses on Lead Safety and Energy to Massachusetts Association of General Contractors for the Construction Supervisor's License.

Prior to joining Exponent, Ms. Kennedy worked for the Westinghouse Electric Corporation as an Engineer in the Plant Engineering Division.