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Ben Ruddell

Professor, SICCS

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Ben is currently a Professor in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems (SICCS) at Northern Arizona University, the President of Ruddell Environmental consulting, Chief Science Officer for Criticality Sciences Inc., and the Director of the FEWSION project. During AY2020-2022 he was the Director of SICCS. His PhD is in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Arizona (Water Resources practice area). His professional experience is in informatics, data science, systems engineering, and generally in the leadership of the interdisciplinary university enterprise. His professional goals are the advancement of the science and management of complex systems, and excellence in education in a university setting. Why? Because our country and world need better solutions to handle chaos and complex problems, and we need better scientists and engineers who know how to best serve their communities with these solutions.


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

Active Laboratory Affiliates (as of March 2023)

Richard Rushforth
Michael Fell
Sean Ryan
Nena Bloom
Kat Fowler
Darren Bingham
Eck Doerry
Laljeet Sangha
Kendall Smith
Sean Koenig
Lisa Whelan
Jacques Bou Abdo
Ashish Amresh
Toby Hocking
Eric Sjostedt
Laura Guerrero
Jade Meskill
Aiden Harper

Former Laboratory Affiliates

Liz Adams
Atila Almeida Rios de Assuncao
Kelly Bessem
Daniel Burillo
Winston Chow
Emily Bondank
Kevin Felix
Tobias Gerken
Kathrin Hab
Justin Havely
Emma Hibbett
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/Potter
Kristen Larson
Elisabeth Roberts
Emily Evans
Zev Axler
James Major
Erzhena Soktoeva
Michael Burt
Rob Acker
Ronni Chavez
Robert George
Ethan Neiswanger
Jenna Chaffeur
Reeve Rubin
Henry Moore
Scooter Nowak
Nick Chohan
Anona Miller
Bo Stevens
Ramesh Gorantla
Michael Wilson-Sanchez
Sarah Birchard
John Burton
Dimitrios Stampoulis
Sam Spencer
Taha Moiz
Joseph Eppinger
Kate Duffy
Kyle Pfeiffer
Tom Wall
Carmella Burdi
Okan Pala
Jeremy Cienfuegos
Logan Behnke
Adam Witzel
Aaron Simpson
Sebastial Kastrul
John Martincic
Seth Borkovec
Ben Couey
Kaeli Mueller
Jonathan Kay

Contact the Complex Systems Informatics Laboratory at the NAU School of Informatics, Computing & Cyber Systems if your passion lies in making a difference in the field of Informatics.