Committee Membership Information

Study Title:

Strengthening the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Laboratory Enterprise

Study Director:


Dr. Maxine L. Savitz - (Chair)
Honeywell Inc. [Retired]

Maxine L. Savitz (NAE) (Chair) is a retired general manager of Technology Partnerships at Honeywell, Inc., and has more than 35 years of experience managing research, development, and implementation programs for the public and private sectors, including in the aerospace, transportation, and industrial sectors. From 1979 to 1983, she served as deputy assistant secretary for conservation in the U.S. Department of Energy. She currently serves as vice president of the National Academy of Engineering and is a member of the Governing Board of the National Research Council. Since 2009, she has been a member of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and currently serves as its vice chair. She serves on advisory bodies for the Sandia National Laboratory and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and is a member of the board of directors of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. She served on the National Academies? Committee on America?s Energy Future and was vice chair of the Panel on Energy Efficiency. 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. She has a Ph.D. in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Savitz was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1992.


Mr. Jonathan Z. Cannon - (Vice Chair)
University of Virginia

Jonathan Z. Cannon (Vice-Chair) is the Blaine T. Phillips Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law and director of the Environmental and Land Use Law Program at the University of Virginia School of Law. He served on President-Elect Obama?s EPA Transition Team. Before joining the faculty of UVA, Mr. Cannon held positions at the U.S. EPA as General Counsel, Assistant Administrator for Administration and Resources Management, and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Cannon?s areas of scholarly interest include the design and implementation of environmental programs, the Supreme Court?s environmental jurisprudence, and protection of watersheds and landscapes. He holds a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.


Dr. Gary S. Sayler
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Gary S. Sayler is Beaman Distinguished University Professor of Microbiology, and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and director of the University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Joint Institute for Biological Sciences. He is also the founding director of the University of Tennessee Center for Environmental Biotechnology. His research interests are in multidisciplinary laboratory and field environmental research and biodegradation of organic pollutants such as polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB), and trichloroethylene (TCE) and the ecological and toxicological impacts of environmental contaminants upon the structure and function of microbial communities. He holds 16 patents including for the extraction and analysis of nucleic acids from soils, environmental gene probe analysis and bioluminescence biosensor technology. He is past chair of the EPA Board of Scientific Counselors and currently serves on the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Advisory Board and is a former member of the Department of Energy?s Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee. He holds a Ph.D. in bacteriology and biochemistry from the University of Idaho.


Dr. Deborah L. Swackhamer
University of Minnesota, St. Paul

Deborah L. Swackhamer is a professor of science, technology, and public policy in the Hubert H, Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, and co-director of the University?s Water Resources Center. She also is a professor of environmental health sciences in the School of Public Health. She studies the processes affecting the behavior of, and exposures to, toxic chemicals in the environment and works on policies to address these potential risks. In 2012, Dr. Swackhamer completed a 4 year term as Chair of the Science Advisory Board of U.S. EPA, and currently is a member of the Science Advisory Board of the International Joint Commission of the US and Canada. She recently served on the NRC Committee on Sustainability Linkages in the Federal Government. She is also a Governor appointee on the Minnesota Clean Water Council. She was President of the National Institutes of Water Resources in 2011-2012. Dr. Swackhamer is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the journal Environmental Science & Technology. She is a Fellow in the Royal Society of Chemistry in the UK. Dr. Swackhamer received the 2007 Harvey G. Rogers Award from the Minnesota Public Health Association. In 2009, she received the Founders Award from the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry for lifetime achievement in environmental sciences. She was the 2010 recipient of the University of Minnesota?s Ada Comstock Award. She received a Ph.D. in Limnology & Oceanography from the University of Wisconsin, Madison


Dr. Lynda T. Carlson
National Science Foundation

Lynda T. Carlson is the recently retired director of the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics at the National Science Foundation. Previously, she was director of the Statistics and Methods Group Energy Information Administration at the U.S. Department of Energy. Dr. Carlson has substantial professional experience in survey design, development, and operation, innovative techniques for surveying unique populations, and the organization and management of statistical groups and projects. She received the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award and the Roger Herriot Award of the American Statistical Association for Innovation in Federal Statistics. Dr. Carlson is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and an Elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association. She was Vice-Chair of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Working Group on National Experts on Science and Technology Indicators. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Illinois.


Dr. Frank W. Davis
University of California, Santa Barbara

Frank W. Davis is a professor at the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management and director of the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research interests are in landscape ecology and conservation planning. Dr. Davis? current research focuses on the landscape ecology of California plant communities; design of protected-area networks; biodiversity implications of renewable energy development; and, the biological impacts of regional climate change in the western U.S. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fellow in the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program, and a Trustee of the Nature Conservancy of California. Dr. Davis has served on a number of NRC committees starting with the Committee on the Formation of the National Biological Survey in 1993. He served on the NRC?s Committee on the Restoration of the Greater Everglades Ecosystem and as chair of the Committee on Independent Scientific Review of Everglades Restoration Progress. Most recently, he served on the NRC Committee on Science for EPA's Future and on the Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology. He earned a Ph.D. in geography and environmental engineering from Johns Hopkins University.


Dr. Patricia A. Berge
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Patricia A. Berge recently became the acting deputy associate director for operations for the Physical and Life Sciences Directorate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). For the previous six years, she led the Atmospheric, Earth and Energy Division at LLNL where she managed approximately 150 scientists conducting basic and applied research for energy, environment, and national security programs. Division scientists support LLNL centers and programs including the Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (CAMS), the Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison (PCMDI), and the National Atmospheric Release Advisory Center (NARAC). Her own research has been in measurement and modeling of elastic and fluid transport properties of porous and cracked rocks. She holds a Ph.D. in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Hawaii.


Dr. Mark J. Utell
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Mark J. Utell is a professor of medicine and environmental medicine, director of occupational and environmental medicine, and former director of pulmonary and critical-care medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center. His research interests have centered on the effects of environmental toxicants on the human respiratory tract. Dr. Utell has published extensively on the health effects of inhaled gases, particles, and fibers in the workplace and other indoor and outdoor environments. He was the co-principal investigator of an EPA Particulate Matter Center and former chair of the Health Effects Institute?s Research Committee. He has served as chair of EPA?s Environmental Health Committee and on the Executive Committee of the EPA Science Advisory Board. He is a former recipient of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Academic Award in Environmental and Occupational Medicine. Dr. Utell is a member of the NRC Committee on a Research Strategy for Environmental, Health, and Safety Aspects of Engineered Nanomaterials. Previously, he served as chair of the Institute of Medicine?s (IOM) Committee on Review of the Department of Labor?s Site Exposure Matrix (SEM) Database, NRC Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology (BEST), NRC Committee on Research Priorities for Airborne Particulate Matter, IOM Committee to Review the Health Consequences of Service during the Persian Gulf War, and IOM Committee on Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures. He received an MD from Tufts University School of Medicine.


Dr. Paul Gilman
Covanta Energy Corporation

Paul Gilman is senior vice president and chief sustainability officer of Covanta Energy Corporation. Previously, he served as director of the Oak Ridge Center for Advanced Studies and as Assistant Administrator for the Office of Research and Development in the U.S. EPA. He also worked in the Office of Management and Budget, where he had oversight responsibilities for the US Department of Energy (DOE), EPA, and all other science agencies. In DOE, he advised the secretary of energy on scientific and technical matters. From 1993 to 1998, Dr. Gilman was the executive director of the NRC Commission on Life Sciences and the Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources. He has served on numerous NRC committees. Dr. Gilman received a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Johns Hopkins University.


Ms. Sally Katzen
George Mason University School of Law

Sally Katzen is a visiting professor at the New York University School of Law, and a senior advisor to The Podesta Group in Washington, DC. Ms. Katzen previously taught at the University of Michigan Law School, George Mason University Law School, George Washington University School of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Smith College, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Michigan in Washington Program. She served as Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) (1993-1998), and then as Deputy Director of the National Economic Council in the White House (1998-1999), and Deputy Director for Management at OMB (2000-20001) in the Clinton Administration. Before her government service, she was a partner in the Washington, DC law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, specializing in regulatory and legislative matters. Following graduation from law school, she clerked for Judge J. Skelly Wright of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Ms. Katzen served as a member of the NRC Committee on Sustainability Linkages in the Federal Government and the NRC Committee on Evaluating the Efficiency of Research and Development Programs at the Environmental Protection Agency. She received a J.D. from University of Michigan.


Dr. Carol J. Henry
The George Washington University

Carol J. Henry is a professorial lecturer at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and an advisor and consultant to public and private organizations, focusing on issues in toxicology, public and environmental health, risk assessment and risk management, research management strategies, and green chemistry and engineering technology and sustainable practices. She was previously Vice President of Industry Performance Programs at the American Chemistry Council; Director of the Health and Environmental Sciences Department of the American Petroleum Institute; Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Science and Risk Policy at the U.S. Department of Energy; and Director of the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) at the California Environmental Protection Agency. She is a diplomat of the American Board of Toxicology, certified in general toxicology. She was chair of the Federal Advisory Committee for the National Children?s Study from 2010-2012. She is a member of the Joint Committee on the ANSI NSF Green Chemistry Institute Greener Chemical Products and Processes Standard Initiative, the Environmental Health Perspectives Editorial Board, and NRC Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology. She is an elected Councilor for the American Chemical Society (ACS) and serves on the ACS Committee for Environmental Improvement. Dr. Henry received a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh.


The Honorable Philip E. Coyle, III
World Security Institute

Hon. Philip E. Coyle is a private consultant and senior science advisor to the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. In 2010 and 2011, Mr. Coyle served as the associate director for National Security and International Affairs (NSIA) in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). In this position, he had primary responsibility for supporting President Obama and the Director of OSTP in developing and executing a wide variety of science and technology initiatives. This included supporting the universities and laboratories that comprise the R&D capabilities of the Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Energy (DOE), and other federal agencies. In 2005 and 2006, Mr. Coyle served on the nine-member Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC). During the 1995 BRAC, he served as the co-chairman of the DOD Joint Cross-Service Group for Test and Evaluation. From September 1994 through January 2001, Mr. Coyle was Assistant Secretary of Defense and Director, Operational Test and Evaluation, in DOD. In this capacity, he was the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense on test and evaluation in DOD. During the Carter Administration, Mr. Coyle served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Defense Programs in DOE. In this capacity, he had oversight responsibility for the nuclear weapons research, development, production and testing programs of the department, as well as the DOE programs in arms control, non-proliferation, and nuclear safeguards and security. From 1959 to 1979, and again from 1981 to 1993, Mr. Coyle worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in Livermore, California. Mr. Coyle also served as deputy associate director of the Laser Program at LLNL. In recognition of his years of service to LLNL and to the University of California, the university named Mr. Coyle Laboratory Associate Director Emeritus. The International Test and Evaluation Association awarded Mr. Coyle the Allan R. Matthews Award, its highest award, for his contributions to the management and technology of testing and evaluation. Mr. Coyle was awarded the Defense Distinguished Service Medal by DOD Secretary Perry and the Bronze Palm of the Defense Distinguished Service Medal by DOD Secretary Cohen. Mr. Coyle received an M.S. in mechanical engineering from Dartmouth College.


Dr. Donald J. DePaolo
University of California, Berkeley

Donald J. DePaolo (NAS) is professor of geochemistry in the Department of Earth and Planetary Science at the University of California, Berkeley and associate laboratory director for Energy and Environmental Sciences at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). He directs the Center for Isotope Geochemistry as well as the Center for Nanoscale Control of Geologic CO2. He was previously on the faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research focuses on the use of naturally occurring isotopes to explore a variety of earth science questions related to mantle dynamics and magma chamber processes as well as tracking fluids moving through groundwater systems to trace contaminates. He holds numerous fellowships including with the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. He is the recipient of the Harold Urey Medal from the European Association of Geochemistry and the MacElwane Award from the American Geophysical Union among many awards. Dr. DePaolo was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1993. He holds a Ph.D. in Geology from the California Institute of Technology.


Dr. Philip K. Hopke
Clarkson University

Philip K. Hopke is the director of the Institute for a Sustainable Environment and the Bayard D. Clarkson Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Clarkson University. He is also director of the University?s Center for Air Resources Engineering and Sciences. His research interests are primarily related to particles in the air, including particle formation, sampling and analysis, composition, and origination. His current projects are related to solid biomass combustion, receptor modeling, ambient monitoring, and nucleation. Dr. Hopke has been elected to membership of the International Statistics Institute and he is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences. He is also a fellow of the American Association for Aerosol Research where he has served in various roles, including as president, vice president, and as a member of the board of directors. Dr. Hopke is a member of the NRC Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the International Society of Exposure Science, and the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate, among others. He has served as a member of the U.S. EPA Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee. He served as a member of a number of NRC committees, including the Committee on Energy Futures and Air Pollution in Urban China and the United States, the Committee on Research Priorities for Airborne Particulate Matter, and the Committee on Air Quality Management in the United States. Dr. Hopke received a Ph.D. in chemistry from Princeton University.