C3E 2013: Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Maxine Savitz

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Presented by (Bios Below):

Marilyn Brown, Georgia Institute of Technology, C3E Ambassador, @georgiatech
Sue Tierney, Analysis Group, C3E Ambassador, @analysisgroup
Mary Anne Sullivan, Hogan Lovells US LLP, C3E Ambassador, @HoganLovells, @HL_GWES 

Introduction of Awardee

Katherine Van Sickle, Retired
Adam Savitz

Presented to Maxine Savitz
Vice President, National Academy of Engineering


Marilyn Brown
Endowed Professor, School of Public Policy
Georgia Institute of Technology
Panelist, Energy Technology and Innovation
Presenter, Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Marilyn A. Brown is a Professor in the School of Public Policy at Georgia Institute of Technology where she created the Climate and Energy Policy Laboratory. In 2010, following her nomination by President Barack Obama, she was sworn into the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority, the nation’s largest public power provider. Previously, she held various leadership positions at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Brown has written a textbook on Climate Change and Global Energy Security: Technology and Policy Options; co-edited a book on Energy and American Society: Thirteen Myths; and authored more than 250 other publications.

She is a national leader in the analysis and interpretation of energy futures in the United States, and is a member of the National Academies’ Board of Energy and Environmental Systems and an Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Energy Efficiency. Brown earned a PhD in Geography from Ohio State University, an MRP in Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts, and a BA in Political Science from Rutgers University.

She is a Certified Energy Manager with the Association of Energy Engineers.

Sue Tierney
Managing Principal
Analysis Group
Award Presenter, Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Sue Tierney is an expert on energy policy and economics, specializing in the electric and gas industries. She has consulted to companies, governments, non-profits, and other organizations on energy markets, economic and environmental regulation and strategy, and energy facility projects. Her expert witness, business consulting, and arbitration services have involved industry restructuring, market analyses, regulatory policies for renewables and energy efficiency, transmission planning, siting and cost-allocation, wholesale and retail market design, contract disputes, resource planning, resource procurement analysis, market monitoring, and asset valuations.

In addition, Tierney’s work has covered regional transmission organization, siting of generation and transmission facilities and natural gas pipeline projects, natural gas markets, electric system reliability, and environmental policy and regulation.

A former Assistant Secretary for Policy at the US DOE and state public utility commissioner, she is a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s energy project and the Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board. She has been appointed to the National Petroleum Council. 

Mary Anne Sullivan
Hogan Lovells US LLP
Award Presenter, Lifetime Achievement Award

Ms. Mary Anne Sullivan has more than 25 years of experience as an energy lawyer. During that time, she has had direct involvement with virtually every segment of the energy industry — electric, gas, oil, coal, nuclear, and alternative energy technologies. She has represented clients on energy issues in administrative, regulatory, transactional, and litigation matters in both the private sector and the government. Her current practice includes electricity, nuclear, renewable energy, advanced energy, technologies, biofuels, energy-efficiency standards, and climate change matters.

Sullivan has spent much of her career in private practice and also served as General Counsel of the DOE from 1998 to 2001 and as Deputy General Counsel for environment and nuclear programs from 1994 to 1998. During her government service, she provided counsel to DOE on electricity restructuring, the California electricity crisis, oil and gas policy, climate change, clean coal programs, radioactive waste disposal, nuclear safety regulation, and privatization of uranium enrichment activities. Sullivan provided legal support for the opening of the world’s first deep geologic disposal facility for radioactive waste, and negotiated the first agreements with electric utilities regarding voluntary reductions of greenhouse gas emissions.

Katherine Van Sickle
Remarks, Lifetime Achievement Award

Ms. Van Sickle had a twenty-year career working at the federal level to promote energy-efficient technologies. She held positions with successive program and policy experience and responsibilities at the Economic Regulatory Administration, Department of Energy, US Congress, and House Science Committee.

Her major policy initiatives included authorizing the establishment of energy efficiency and renewable energy research and the development of programs under the Energy Policy Act of 1992, PL 102-486.

Van Sickle received an MA, in Science and Technology Policy, from George Washington University.

Maxine Savitz
Vice President
National Academy of Engineering
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Dr. Maxine Savitz retired as the General Manager for Technology Partnerships at Honeywell, Inc. During her career at Honeywell, she oversaw the development and manufacturing of innovative materials for the aerospace, transportation and industrial sectors.

Dr. Savitz was employed at the US Department of Energy and its predecessor agencies (1974-1983) and served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Conservation from 1979 – 1983. She is currently a member of Advisory Boards at Sandia and Pacific Northwest National Laboratories and JPL. She is a member of the board of directors of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy and the Federation of American Scientists. Dr. Savitz was on the National Academies’ America’s Energy Future committee and served as vice chair of the panel of Energy Efficiency Technologies. She was also a member of the study committee for the American Physical Society’s 2008 study: Energy Future: Think Efficiency.

Dr. Savitz is currently a member of the Advisory Group for the Department of Energy’s Fuel to Sunlight HUB at CalTech. She chaired the Technical Review Committee of the 2010 energy report issued by the American Energy Innovation Council (AEIC). She has served on visiting committees for the Engineering Department at Washington University in St. Louis, the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Harvard University, and is a member of the MIT Visiting Committee for Sponsored Research. During the past few years, she has made presentations regarding energy efficiency at Harvard University, Washington University, MIT, University of Miami, Carnegie Mellon University, and Honeywell Int’l.

Dr. Savitz is Vice President of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the California Council on Science and Technology. She was appointed to the President’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology in 2009. In 2013, she was elected a fellow to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.A. in chemistry from Bryn Mawr College.

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