EmPOWERment Internal Advisory Council

The Internal Advisory Council is created as a strategic advisory council to ensure the success and long-term continuation of the EmPOWERment National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Traineeship (NRT) Program.


The purpose of the Internal Advisory Council is to provide overall strategic direction for the program, including strategies to catalyze and strengthen internal collaboration, external engagement, and long-term program sustainability. We are honored that the following members will serve on the council in the 2020-2021 term:


Randy Smith, Vice Provost for Academic Programs, Office of Academic Affairs


Kate Bartter, Executive Director, Sustainability Institute

Tanya Berger-Wolf, Faculty Director, Translational Data Analytics Institute

Alicia Bertone, Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean, Graduate School

David Cole, Professor, School of Earth Sciences, Graduate Studies Committee Member, Environmental Sciences Graduate Program

Robert Greenbaum, Associate Dean of Curriculum, John Glenn College of Public Affairs

Dorota Grejner-Brzezinska, Associate Dean of Research, College of Engineering

Chris Jaroniec, Associate Dean for Research and Creative Inquiry, College of Arts and Sciences

James Moore, Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, Office of Academic Affairs

Gary Pierzynski, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

Steven Ringel, Executive Director, Institute for Materials Research

Jan Weisenberger, Senior Associate Vice President, Office of Research