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Brent T. Ladd
Director of Education
Center for Science of Information
Purdue University

Brent serves as the Director of Education leading the online curriculum, and interdisciplinary student training initiatives with the Center for Science of Information collaborating with eleven universities and funded by the National Science Foundation as the first National Science & Technology Center based in Indiana. His LinkedIn page provides up to date information.

He previously directed education and outreach activities with Purdue University's Center for the Environment and Ecological Sciences & Engineering Graduate Program at Discovery Park from 2007-2010. He was also responsible for coordinating the annual environmental entrepreneurship competition at Purdue.

From 1999-2007, Brent conducted water quality projects and served as an Extension contact for water quality programming and education. His past projects included chairing the inaugural Indiana Rivers Rally conference, co-developing and coordinating the Indiana Watershed Leadership Program, Theme Coordinator for the Great Lakes Regional Nutrients & Water Quality Team, Extension contact for drinking water and farm environmental assessments, as well as managing Purdue water quality web sites and the Extension Water Quality Common Interest Group.


Brent was raised on a small farm within the "prairie peninsula" of Benton and Warren counties of Indiana. He is a certificate holder in Permaculture Design with interests in renewable local food production, and mimicing natural systems. Reflecting these interests, Brent developed a community service outreach project known as Ecoliteracy for Life based on his collective experience living in the wilderness, and his graduate research experience in behavioral ecology, farming, and permaculture. His recent personal community outreach efforts include co-facilitating a local discussion group, Sacred Earth Intergenerational Dialogue, and a blog Emerge Wild focused on the connection between wild nature and our wild hearts.

Recent Professional Positions
Director of Education, Center for Science of Information, National Science Foundation Science & Technology Center, based at Purdue University (October 2010 - current)

Learning & Engagement Coordinator, Ecological Sciences & Engineering Interdisciplinary Program and Center for the Environment at Discovery Park, Purdue University (February 2007 - October 2010)

Water Quality Specialist, Department of & Biological Engineering, Purdue University (2001-2007)

Environmental Assessment Coordinator, Department of Agricultural & Biological Engineering, Purdue University (1999-2001)


Teaching and Outreach Experience
Center for Science of Information, Purdue University-NSF, 2010 - current
Led organization of new courses, workshops, and websites Introduction to the Science of Information (HONR 399), Introduction to Data Science & Interdisciplinary Teams, and world wide learning platform for science of information.

Center for the Environment, Purdue University 2007 - 2010
Taught graduate course, Foundations of Sustainability: Ecological Concepts and Applications (AGRY 598)
co-organized Permaculture Training at Purdue, and instructor for soil health session.

Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy, hybrid course for professionals, Purdue University, 2005 2007.

Stream ecology and assessment undergraduate labs, Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department, Purdue University, 2000 – 2006.

Watersheds and water quality, outreach to individuals and communities, Purdue University Extension, 1999 – 2007.

Working lands environmental assessments and outreach, Purdue University Extension, 1999 – 2004.


Selected Publications
Ladd, B.T. 2018. Case Study of Interdisciplinary Student Research Teams: Factors, Outcomes, and Lessons Learned. In Proceedings of Science of Team Science Conference, Galveston, TX, p. 28

Andronicos, K. and Ladd, B.T. 2018. Broadening Participation in the Science of Information. Poster presentation to NSF INCLUDES Summit: Broadening Participation through Center-scale Research, Washington D.C.

Broussard, S.R., Ladd, B.T., Frankenberger, J.R.. Washington-Ottombre, C., and Haley, A. 2006. Indiana Watershed Groups: Exploring Activities, Characteristics, Barriers, Information Use, and Training Needs. Statewide survey report, 45 pgs. Purdue University.

Ladd, B.T. and J.R. Frankenberger. 2004. On-Farm Soil Monitoring for Water Resource
   Protection, WQ-43. 12 pgs, Purdue Extension.

Ladd, B.T. and J.R. Frankenberger. 2004. Field Assessment for Water Resource Protection, WQ-42. 24 pgs, Purdue Extension.

Ladd, B.T. and J.R. Frankenberger. 2003. Management of Ponds, Wetlands, and Other Water Reservoirs to Minimize Mosquitoes, WQ-41-W. 8 pgs, Purdue Extension.

Ladd, B.T. and J.R. Frankenberger. 2001. Livestock Confinement Assessment for Water Resource Protection. WQ-40. 12 pgs, Purdue Extension.


Synergistic Activities
1) Introduction to Data Science and Interdisciplinary Teams
Organized annual summer workshop 2012-2019 for diverse student teams with faculty to learn data science methods while working across disciplines on vexing life science, engineering, and data problems. Student from 24 universities and 22 distinct departments have been involved, with a 1:1 male-to-female ration.

2)Ecological Sciences & Engineering Symposium
Helped direct planning of this now annual event that brings together researchers, students, staff, and area citizens to focus on ecological and sustainable living topics, while presenting the latest environmental research and education going on at Purdue. http://www.purdue.edu/dp/ese/index.php

3) Permaculture
Organized the first permaculture course at Purdue University summer 2009, while helping to bridge people, expertise, and resources at Purdue, in the local community, and the Midwest. http://www.purdue.edu/discoverypark/environment/education/permaculture.php

4) Indiana Rivers Rally
Co-chaired this inaugural event with Rivers Institute of Hanover College and led twenty five other organizations and agencies in planning the event. Rivers Rally brought together for the first time the larger water audience in Indiana including academicians, grassroots organizations, conservation professionals, citizen volunteers, and recreational enthusiasts.

5) Indiana Watershed Leadership Program
Managed and assisted in the development of a leadership program geared toward community watershed planners and managers.  Developed and delivered education materials both in workshops and over the web. http://www.purdue.edu/watersheds

6) Environmental and Socials Indicators Project. http://www.purdue.edu/indicators
Worked with faculty to gather data on public knowledge and attitudes about water quality and watershed management.  This data has been instrumental in developing social indicators of adoption of best management practices for watershed management.

7) Water quality Extension programming
Developed water quality information and educational web sites for non-academic audiences as part of the Purdue Extension Water Quality Program.(http://www.ces.purdue.edu/waterquality) and the Safe Water for the Future Program. (http://www.ecn.purdue.edu/SafeWater)


Collaborators and co-editors:
Ward, M.D. (Purdue U.), Kumar, D. (Bryn Mawr), J. LaLind (EAFIT), S. Suthaharan (UNC-Greensboro), Andronicos, K (Purdue), Lee, L.S. (Purdue U.), Frankenberger, J. (Purdue U.), Broussard, S. (Cornell); Cooper, B. (Purdue U.); Crighton, L. (IN Dept. of Natural Resources); Dodge, M. (Hanover College); ; James, R. (Wabash River Heritage Corridor Commission); Wilson, W. (Midwest Permaculture), Clement, N. (Purdue U.)


M.S. Ethology, Purdue University (1993)
minor: Philosophy of Mind

B.S. Animal Sciences & Agribusiness, Purdue University (1990)
minor: Music Theory

Post-Graduate: Geographic Information Systems and Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management (2000 - 2005)

With family on Outerbanks, NC 2010

Contact Information
Phone: 765.496.1693
Fax: 765.494.0739

Mailing Address:
Center for Science of Information
250 N. University Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2066