Prof. Powers was born in Allentown, PA and pursued undergraduate education at Franklin and Marshall College where he studied the gas phase thermal chemistry of strained hydrocarbons with Prof. Phyllis Leber. He pursued graduate research at Harvard University with Prof. Tobias Ritter where he studied the role of Pd2(III,III) intermediates in C–H oxidation chemistry. He was an National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University with Prof. Daniel Nocera where he studied molecular photocatalysis for energy-storing reactions. He joined the Texas A&M faculty in 2015. His research group is active in 1) the development of synthetic methods that utilize O2 as a terminal oxidant, 2) the study of reaction chemistry in confined spaces, and 3) the development of tools to enable characterization of reactive intermediates in C–H functionalization. His research program has been recognized by an NSF CAREER Award, a DOE Early Career Award, the Oak Ridge Associated University Ralph E. Powe Award, and he was named a 2019 American Chemical Society Division of Organic Chemistry Academic Young Investigator.