Maxine Savitz is a member and current vice president of the National Academy of Engineering. She is the retired general manager for Technology Partnerships at Honeywell, Inc., formerly AlliedSignal. From 1987 until June 2000, she was the general manager of AlliedSignal Ceramics Components, which is the only U.S. owned silicon nitride structural ceramic manufacturer for gas turbine application. In this capacity, she oversaw the development and manufacturing of innovative materials for the aerospace, transportation, and industrial sectors. Dr. Savitz was employed at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its predecessor agencies and served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Conservation. In 2009, she was appointed a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). Savitz served as a member of the California Council on Science and Technology, 1997-2000. She has over 30 years of experience managing research, development and implementation programs for the public and private sectors. She received her Ph.D. in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California at Berkeley.
Dr. Savitz serves on the board of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, and on advisory bodies for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, and Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She serves on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology visiting committee for sponsored research activities. In 2009, Dr. Savitz was appointed to the President’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology. Past board memberships include the National Science Board, Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, Defense Science Board, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Draper Laboratories, and the Energy Foundation.
Dr. Savitz’s awards and honors include: the Orton Memorial Lecturer Award (American Ceramic Society) in 1998; the DOE Outstanding Service Medal in 1981; the President’s Meritorious Rank Award in 1980; recognition by the Engineering News Record for Contribution to Construction Industry in 1979 and 1975; and the MERDC Commander Award for Scientific Excellence in 1967. She is the author of about 20 publications.