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High Engineering Honors

Cleo Cabuz's achievements earn her membership in National Academy of Engineering

Sometimes thinking small leads to big things.

That's certainly true for Dr. Cleo Cabuz, whosedecades of research into safety products, small sensors and micro-sized electromechanicalsystems (MEMS) has led to her induction into the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), the nation's most prestigious engineering advisory body.

She joins more than 2,000 of the nation's top engineersacross multiple disciplines in an organization which operatesunder the same Congressional act signed in 1863 by President Lincoln thatestablished the National Academy of Sciences to advise the government onmatters of science and engineering.

Being inducted in the National Academy of Engineeringis one of the highest recognitions an engineer can receive for their work andcontributions to society. Onlyfive Honeywell engineers have been members of the academy in the past 50 years. Gavin Towler, chief technology officer of our Performance Materials and Technology group, was inducted in 2015, and is the only other current active NAE member.

“The NAEinvestigates some of the most challenging engineering issues facing the nation,and provides expert advice on how to address them. It's a tremendous honor for me to be a partof that mission," Cabuz said.

Although the selection process is secret, and conducted onlyby active members of the Academy, Cabuz credits her acceptance to research sheconducted as a principal research scientist in Honeywell's R&D Lab, whichshe joined in 1995, and to her later focus on providing advanced safetysolutions as chief technology officer of the Honeywell Life Safety andHoneywell Industrial Safety businesses.

Cleo Cabuz Inducted into National Academy of Engineering

Hereare some specific contributions:
  • Materials and structures supporting micro-electromechanical gyroscopes (MEMS-gyros) broadly used in inertial navigation systems for military applications;
  • Development of a microcytometer &endash; a credit-card sized blood cell analysis technology that can provide blood test results in moments in a doctor's office &endash; and now a Honeywell licensed technology.
  • Contributions to the theory and technology of ultralow power and low cost electrostatic actuators, which can be used in artificial muscle, low power pumps and valves.
  • Contributions to the adoption of wireless solutions in safety applications &endash; now extensively used in fire detection and gas detection systems.

“Throughout my careerI have always loved the intellectual challenges that engineering poses &endash;solving problems that nobody has solved before,” she said. “It's particularlyexciting when we can apply our engineering expertise to protect people's lives &endash;to address real, difficult problems.”

As part of the NAE, she looks forward to serving oncommittees investigating new and complicated engineering challenges, such asautonomous systems (driverless vehicles), energy and climate change. Cleo Cabuz CareerHighlights

  • Author or co-author on 55 U.S. Patents
  • Published more than 40 technical papers in scientific journals and conference proceedings
  • 2000: Awarded Honeywell's Technical Achievement Award for her development of ultra-low power actuator technology
  • 2011: Awarded Honeywell's Senior Leadership Velocity Product Development Award, in recognition of exceptional accomplishments in new product development
  • 2011: Inducted into the MEMS Industry Group Hall of Fame for lasting contributions to the MEMS industry
  • 2013: Inducted into Honeywell's Inventor's Hall of Fame