NETL Leadership Transition Builds on Legacy of Excellence
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NETL wished a fond farewell to Dr. Cynthia Powell, long time director of the Lab’s research and development work. Dr. Powell retired as Executive Director of NETL’s Research & Innovation Center, with nearly 25 years of federal service, to take a leadership position with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. During her tenure at NETL, Dr. Powell served as the Lab’s first Deputy Director and Chief Technology Officer and created a robust environment for scientific and technical achievement benefitting the nation. Dr. Powell received a Secretary’s Appreciation Award for her efforts and is well regarded for imbuing the laboratory with her passion for collaborative technology discovery, development, and delivery. Dr. Powell received a B.S. and M.S. in ceramic sciences and engineering from Clemson University and earned her Ph.D. from Case Western University.

Continuing the tradition of excellence in leadership is Dr. Randall Gentry, who succeeds Dr. Powell as NETL’s Deputy Director for Strategic Plans and Programs and acting Executive Director of the Research & Innovation Center. Dr. Gentry brings a wealth of experience in technology and research leadership to NETL, with more than 20 years of experience working at the interface of science and engineering and a well-honed leadership approach that embraces open communication, change management, and decision making with transparency in large multi-disciplinary research organizations like NETL. He came to NETL from Argonne National Laboratory. Dr. Gentry received a B.S. in civil engineering from Memphis State University and earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Memphis.

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