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 – Chair
(Spring 2018)
Research and Technology Director
Surface Chemistry Americas
Azko Nobel Surface Chemistry LLC
Steve Allen
(Fall 2019)
Director, Texas Technology
Eastman Chemical Company
Angela Archon
(Spring 2019)
Vice President and COO
IBM Watson Health
Francois Baneyex
(Spring 2020)
University of Washington
Jose Bayardo
(Spring 2019)
Senior Vice President and CFO
National Oilwell Varco
Jose Bravo
(Spring 2019)
Fractionation Research, Inc
Stephanie Watts Butler
(Spring 2019)
Technology Innovation Architect
Texas Instruments
Toni Crawford
(Spring 2020)
Senior Project Manager
Enterprise Products
Josh Engstrom
(Fall 2019)
Principal Scientist
Drug Product Science &
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Jennifer Gross
(Spring 2018)
Facilities and Subsea Supervisor
Daniel Horne
(Spring 2019)
LEAD Representative
Sales Engineer
Pencco, Inc.
Dave Imming
(Fall 2019)
Vice President Product & Services Marketing
Emerson Automation Solutions
Process Systems and Solutions
Robert Kiefer
(Spring 2019)
Global Operations Director & Gas Supply Chain Lead for Energy and Water Solutions Envelope
Dow Chemical
Raj Krishnan
(Fall 2020)
Partner and Managing Director
San Francisco
Ryan Kudva
(Spring 2019)
Reservoir Engineering
Supervisor, Africa
Julie Lambert
(Fall 2019)
Manger, Midstream, Marketing
& Project Procurement
Phillips 66
Patrick Nonhof
(Spring 2019)
Co-founder & Managing Partner
Provenance Consulting
Bill Preston
(Spring 2020)
President and Chief Operating Officer
KP Engineering
Jeff Reilly
(Spring 2019)
Group President of Strategy & Business Development
Amec Foster Wheeler
Thomas Tulig
(Spring 2018)
General Manager Process Development
Shell Oil Company
Kathleen Stebe
(Spring 2020)
Deputy Dean for Research and Innovation, Goodwin Professor
School of Engineering & Applied Science
University of Pennsylvania
Walter Witkowski
(Spring 2019)
Sandia National Laboratories
 Thomas Yura
(Spring 2019)
Senior Vice President & General Manager

(Date in parentheses indicates year term ends)

Last meeting   November 9 – 10, 2017
Next meeting   April 12 – 13, 2018
Location   CPE 2.802F and The McKetta Study Hall