Maxine L. 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. Previously, she was the general manager of AlliedSignal Ceramics Components. Dr. Savitz was employed at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its predecessor agencies (1974-1983) and served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Conservation.
Dr. Savitz serves on the National Research Council Committee to Evaluate Energy-Efficiency and Sustainability Standards Used by the DOD for Construction and Repair; Committee on Assessment of Solid State Lighting; Committee on Classified and Controlled/Restricted Activities (chair). . In the past, she served as a member of numerous National Academies activities, including the Board on Energy and Environmental Systems; Committee for America's Energy Future: Technology Opportunities, Risks and Tradeoffs; Panel on Energy Efficiency (vice-chair); Panel on Redesigning the Commercial Building and Residential Energy Consumption Surveys of the Energy Information Administration; Committee on Review of the Quality of the Management and of the Science and Engineering Research at DOE's National Security Laboratories - Phase 1; Division Committee on Engineering and Physical Sciences; Committee on Prospective Benefits of DOE's Energy Efficiency and Fossil Energy R&D Programs, Phase 1 and 2 (chair); Committee on Ensuring the Best S & T Presidential and Advisory Committee Appointments (vice chair); Panel on Benefits of Lighting R&D (chair); Committee on Alternatives and Strategies for Future Hydrogen Production and Use; Committee on Benefits of DOE's R&D on Energy Efficiency and Fossil Energy; Charles Stark Draper Prize Committee (chair, vice chair, and member); Committee on Cooperation in the Energy Futures of China and the United States; Committee on Industrial Technology Assessments; Report Review Committee; Program Committee; Industry-University-Government Collaboration for U.S. Technological Leadership in the 21st Century; Industrial, Manufacturing and Operational Systems Engineering Peer Committee; Committee on Foreign Participation in U.S. Research and Development; 1994 Nominating Committee; Committee on Alternative Futures for the Army Research Laboratory; National Materials Advisory Board; Commission on Geosciences, Environment, and Resources; Energy Engineering Board; Committee to Review the Gas Research Institute's Research, Development, and Demonstration Program; and the Committee for U.S.-Soviet Symposia on Energy Conservation R&D.
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. She is a fellow of the California Council on 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.