MAXINE SAVITZ (NAE) is a retired general manager of technology partnerships at Honeywell, Inc. Dr. Savitz is currently vice president of the National Academy of Engineering. She has managed large R&D programs in the federal government and the private sector. Some of her positions include the following: chief, Buildings Conservation Policy Research, Federal Energy Administration; professional manager, Research Applied to National Needs, National Science Foundation; division director, Buildings and Industrial Conservation, Energy Research and Development Administration; deputy assistant secretary for conservation, U.S. Department of Energy; president, Lighting Research Institute; and general manager, Ceramic Components, AlliedSignal, Inc. (now Honeywell). She has extensive technical experience in materials, fuel cells, batteries and other storage devices, energy efficiency, and R&D management. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and has been, or is serving as, a member of numerous public- and private-sector boards and has served on many energy-related and other NRC committees. She has a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from MIT.
MICHAEL G. SPENCER is a professor of electrical engineering at Cornell University. His research interests are in the epitaxial and bulk growth of compound semiconductors, such as GaAs, SiC, and AlN, microwave devices, solar cells, and electronic materials characterization techniques (including deep level transient spectroscopy and photo luminescence). Dr. Spencer’s particular interest has been in the correlation of device performance with material growth and processing parameters. His recent work has emphasized wide bandgap materials, and his group was the first to produce conducting AlN and thick films of beta SiC grown by the bulk sublimation technique. He is a recipient of the Presidential Young Investigator Award (1985), the Alan Berman Research Publication Award from the Naval Research Laboratories (1986, for research leading to the first identification of a self interstitial defect in AlGaAs), the White House Initiative Faculty Award for Excellence (1988), a distinguished visiting scientist appointment at Jet Propulsion Laboratories (1989), and a NASA Certificate of Recognition (1992). Dr. Spencer is on the permanent committee for the Electronic Materials Conference and the Compound Semiconductor Conference, and he also helped initiate and form the International Conference on Silicon Carbide and Related Materials. He is one of the directors of the NSF-sponsored National Nanofabrication network. Dr. Spencer received his B.S., M.Eng., and Ph.D. from Cornell University.