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, whose decades of research into safety products, small sensors and micro-sized electromechanical systems (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 engineers across multiple disciplines in an organization which operates under the same Congressional act signed in 1863 by President Lincoln that established the National Academy of Sciences to advise the government on matters of science and engineering.   

Being inducted in the National Academy of Engineering is one of the highest recognitions an engineer can receive for their work and contributions to society. Only five 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 NAE investigates 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 part of that mission," Cabuz said.

Although the selection process is secret, and conducted only by active members of the Academy, Cabuz credits her acceptance to research she conducted as a principal research scientist in Honeywell’s R&D Lab, which she joined in 1995, and to her later focus on providing advanced safety solutions as chief technology officer of the Honeywell Life Safety and Honeywell Industrial Safety businesses.

Cleo Cabuz Inducted into National Academy of Engineering

Here are 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 – a credit-card sized blood cell analysis technology that can provide blood test results in moments in a doctor’s office – 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 – now extensively used in fire detection and gas detection systems.

 “Throughout my career I have always loved the intellectual challenges that engineering poses – solving problems that nobody has solved before,” she said. “It’s particularly exciting when we can apply our engineering expertise to protect people’s lives – to address real, difficult problems.”

As part of the NAE, she looks forward to serving on committees investigating new and complicated engineering challenges, such as autonomous systems (driverless vehicles), energy and climate change. 

Cleo Cabuz Career Highlights 

  • 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