EmPOWERment External Advisory Council

The External Advisory Council is created to promote external engagement in the development of STEM graduate education training at The Ohio State University supported through the EmPOWERment National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Program.


The purpose of the External Advisory Council is to provide strategic leadership and feedback to ensure vertical integration of partner interests in all phases of program development and execution. We are honored that the following members will serve on the council in the 2020-2021 term:


Serdar Tufekci, Head of Major Partnerships, ENGIE North America Inc.


Bill Benson, Vice President of Corporate Technology, Worthington Industries

Brad Chadwell, Director, Process Transformation, American Electric Power

Ryan Newman, Branch General Manager, Siemens

Rupert WatsonSustaining/Global Alignment Manager-Deposition, First Solar, Inc.

Stanley Young, Advanced Transportation & Urban Scientist, National Renewable Energy Laboratory