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 2023-2024 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

Mike Bisesi, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Academic Administration, College of Public Health

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, Vice President for Knowledge Enterprise, Office of Knowledge Enterprise 

Deborah Hernandez, Associate Vice President of Strategic Research Development, Enterprise for Research, Innovation, and Knowledge

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

Steven Ringel, Executive Director, Institute for Materials Research

LaTonia Stiner-Jones, Associate Dean, College of Engineering

Mary Stromberger, Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School

Mike Wiseman, Senior Director, Corporate Partnerships

Yolanda Zepeda, Interim Vice Provost, Office of Diversity and Inclusion