External Advisory Council

The External Advisory Council [EAC] is a group of industry representatives and corporate leaders who meet every semester on campus to advise and support the department in best preparing chemical engineering students to enter a competitive workforce.

Key Objectives

  • Update faculty about technical, business and professional needs of industry and government
  • Improve research by presenting current and future industry trends
  • Advise the department of the latest professional skills expected of graduates
  • Listen to direct feedback from students about curriculum and university operating procedures to best inform and guide department leaders
  • Assist recruitment of outstanding undergraduate and graduate students
  • Contribute networking, training and employment opportunities for students and recent graduates
  • Help obtain necessary resources, both financial and intellectual, to meet department needs
  • Provide corporate checks and balances for the department’s management of operations

Current Members

Chris Quinn
(Spring 2017)

Research and Technology Director
Surface Chemistry Americas
Azko Nobel Surface Chemistry LLC

Angela Archon
(Fall 2019)

Vice President and COO
IBM Watson Health

Jose Bayardo
(Spring 2019)

Senior Vice President and CFO
National Oilwell Varco

Mark Bogle
(Fall 2019)

Vice President and General Manager, Texas Operations
Eastman Chemical Company

 Jose Bravo
(Spring 2019)


Stephanie Butler
(Spring 2019)

Technology Innovation Architect
Texas Instruments

Steven Cramer
(Spring 2017)

William Weightman Walker Professor
The Howard P. Isermann Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Josh Engstrom
(Fall 2019)

Principal Scientist
Drug Product Science & Technology
Bristol-Myers Squibb

Georgina Goodnight
(Spring 2017)Planning Manager
Chevron Phillips Chemical Company
Robert Kiefer
(Spring 2019)Global Operations Director & Gas Supply Chain Lead for Energy and Water Solutions Envelope
Dow Chemical
Ryan Kudva
(Spring 2019)Reservoir Engineering Supervisor, Africa
Julie Lambert
(Spring 2017)Manger, Midstream, Marketing & Project Procurement
Phillips 66
Lynn Loo
(Spring 2019)

Acting Vice Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science
Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Princeton University

Patrick Nonhof
(Spring 2019)

Co-founder & Managing Partner
Provenance Consulting

Jeff Reilly
(Spring 2019)

Group President of Strategy & Business Development
Amec Foster Wheeler

Thomas Tulig
(Spring 2018)

General Manager Process Development
Shell Oil Company

Walter Witkowski
(Spring 2019)

Sandia National Laboratories

Jennifer Younger
(Spring 2018)

Facilities and Subsea Supervisor

Thomas Yura
(Spring 2017)

Senior Vice President & General Manager

(Date in parentheses indicates year term ends)

Last meeting October 27-28, 2016
Next meeting April 20-21, 2017
Location CPE 2.802F and The McKetta Study Hall