Alexis McKittrick Ph.D., Speaker of the Senate
A SWE member since 2001, Alexis McKittrick, Ph.D., has held a number of leadership roles within the Society over the last 15 years. This is her second term on SWE’s board of directors (serving previously as secretary). She has been chair of both the strategic planning committee and the government relations and public policy committee and is a past governor of the Mid-Atlantic region.
Dr. McKittrick is currently a program manager in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). (She serves on the SWE board of directors in her personal capacity.) Prior to joining DOE, Dr. McKittrick was a senior researcher at the IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. In this role, she conducted nonpartisan research and analysis on a variety of scientific topics for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and various federal agencies. She also previously worked in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Change Division, where she focused on greenhouse gas analysis and policy for the oil and gas, chemicals, and semiconductor sectors. She gained early-career experience with Praxair Inc. (now Linde) as a research and development (R&D) technical lead and an R&D program manager developing and supporting technology that increased energy efficiency and reduced environmental pollutants for industrial sectors that included oil refining, chemicals, and steel manufacturing.
Dr. McKittrick holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she was a Meyerhoff Scholar. In 2014, she was presented with the D.C. Council of Engineering and Architectural Societies’ Young Engineer of the Year Award and, in 2019, she was a recipient of SWE’s Emerging Leader Award. Dr. McKittrick lives in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., with her husband and two daughters. Outside of her work with SWE, Dr. McKittrick enjoys being a Girl Scout troop leader.