Maxine Savitz is a retired general manager of Technology/ Partnerships at Honeywell, Inc., formerly Allied Signal.
She is a member and served two terms as vice president of the National Academy of Engineering (2006-2014). Savitz was appointed to the President’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology in 2009 and served until January 2017; she served as vice co-chair 2010-2017. She was employed at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its predecessor agencies (1974-1983) and served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Conservation. Savitz serves on the advisory bodies for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, and National Science Foundation Engineering Directorate. She recently served on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology visiting committee for sponsored research activities and Harvard University visiting committee for the School of Engineering.
Past board memberships include the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Science Board, Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, Defense Science Board, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Draper Laboratories, and the Energy Foundation. She served as a member of the California Council for Science and Technology from 1997-2001 and has been the Chair of the CCST Fellowship Advisory Committee since 2008.
Following her government service, Savitz served in executive positions in the private sector, including President of the Lighting Research Institute, General Manager of AlliedSignal Ceramic Components, and General Manager of Technology Partnerships at Honeywell, Inc. Her awards and honors include: elected Fellow to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2013; C3E Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013; 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 the Construction Industry in 1979 and 1975; and the MERDC Commander Award for Scientific Excellence in 1967. She is the author of about 20 publications. She was Co-Chair of the recently completed study, A Vision for the Future of Center-Based, Multidisciplinary Engineering Research, and was Vice Chair of The recently completed study to evaluate ARPA-E. Savitz received a B.A in Chemistry from Bryn Mawr College and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.