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Ben Ruddell

Associate Professor, SICCS

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Dr. Benjamin RuddellDr. Ben Ruddell, PhD, PE, is an Associate Professor in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems at Northern Arizona University, the President of Ruddell Environmental consulting, the Director of the National Water-Economy Project (NWEP) and the Director of the FEWSION project. His PhD is in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His professional experiences are in the fields of civil engineering, water resources, systems analysis, ecology/ecohydrology, and engineering research and education in an interdisciplinary university setting. He works with a variety of federal, local, and private partners to accomplish cutting-edge projects. His research interests fall broadly in the area of the quantification and management of complex coupled natural-human systems, including regional water and climate systems strongly influenced by the human economy and society- such as in cities, energy, and agriculture. His professional goals are the advancement of the science and management of complex systems, and excellence in education in a university setting.


  • PhD, Civil Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • MS, Civil Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • BS, Engineering, Calvin College

Lab Affiliates

Current Lab Affiliates

Richard Rushforth, NAU SICCS
Emily Bondank, ASU Fulton Schools of Engineering
Robert George, NAU SES
Tobias Gerken, NAU SICCS
Sam Spencer, NAU SICCS and U. Illinois
David Horwitz, USSCOM
Emma Hibbett, NAU Sustainable Communities
James Major, NAU SES
Kelly Bessem, NAU SES
Michael Fell, NAU SICCS
Joseph Eppinger, NAU SICCS
Scooter Nowak, NAU
Adam Witzel, NAU
Nick Choham, NAU
Darren Bingham, NAU
Bo Stevens, NAU
Anona Miller, NAU
Sean Ryan, NAU
Elisabeth Roberts, NAU
Nena Bloom, NAU
Emily Evans, NAU
Dimitrios Stampoulis, ASU
Taha Moiz, ASU
Erzhena Soktoeva, ASU Decision Theater
Ramesh Gorantla, ASU Decision Theater
Michael Burt
Okan Pala, NCSU

Former Lab Affiliates

Liz Adams
Atila Almeida Rios de Assuncao
Daniel Burillo
Winston Chow
Kevin Felix
Kathrin Hab
Justin Havely
Emily Montoya
Seth Herron
Minseok Kang
Kyle Koski
Travis Marshall
Stanley Mubako
Yun Ouyang
Miranda Perrone
Kasey Ray
Jake Schmitz
Stephen Shaffer
Tom Volo
Chao Yan
Rong Yu
Caryn Massey
Kristen Larson


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