Benjamin Ruddell

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering and Computing Systems, College of Technology and Innovation

College of Technology and Innovation
Arizona State University at the Polytechnic Campus
7231 E. Sonoran Arroyo Mall, Room 230
Mesa, AZ 85212-1080
USA
480-727-5123
Email: bruddell@asu.edu

Biography

Dr. Ruddell is originally from Rockford, a small town in beautiful, wet, and cold West Michigan. In addition to Arizona, he has also lived in Alaska, Massachusetts, Jordan, India, Colorado, Illinois, and Georgia. Some of his extracurricular interests include aviation, conservation, sports (including adaptive sports for the physically disabled), hiking, kayaking, mountaineering, building alternative water and energy systems, architecture, and the study of history, philosophy, and religion. He has volunteered with The Nature Conservancy, Engineering Ministries International, and a variety of nonprofit charitable organizations. He is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

Dr. Ruddell's research interests fall under the umbrella of Complex Systems, which are a special class of multi-dimensional systems that are resistant to traditional methods of modeling and analysis due to their nonlinear, multiscalar, and feedback-based properties.

Expertise

efficient alternative energy and water systems; geographic information systems; informatics; information theory; instrumentation networks; integrated building energy systems and controls; natural resource management; remote sensing; scientific computing; sustainable development; urban infrastructure; water resource management; stochastic hydrology; water distribution systems; water reuse; watershed hydrology; urbanization effects on weather and climate; terrestrial ecology; solar energy systems; smart growth; modeling and simulation; microclimate; economics of ecosystem services; ecosystem services; energy conservation; energy economics; energy efficiency technologies; energy policy; engineering ethics; geographic information science; green roofs; land use change; data mining; database systems; data analysis; climate change impacts; building technology; atmospheric processes

Education

    Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008

    M.S., Civil Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004

    B.S., Engineering, Calvin College, 2002

Journal Articles

In Press

Chow, W. T., T. J. Volo, E. R. Vivoni, G. D. Jenerette and B. L. Ruddell. In Press. Seasonal dynamics of a suburban energy balance in Phoenix, Arizona. International Journal of Climatology DOI: 10.1002/joc.3947. (link)

Volo, T. J., E. R. Vivoni, C. A. Martin, S. Earl and B. L. Ruddell. In Press. Modeling soil moisture, water partitioning, and plant water stress under irrigated conditions in desert urban areas. Ecohydrology DOI: 10.1002/eco.1457. (link)

2014

Harlan, S. L., G. Chowell, S. Yang, D. B. Petitti, E. J. Morales Butler, B. L. Ruddell and D. M. Ruddell. 2014. Heat-related deaths in hot cities: Estimates of human tolerance to high temperature thresholds. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 11(3):3304-3326. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph110303304. (link)

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Posters

2014

Barton, E. M., M. Morgan, J. K. Learned, S. J. Hall and B. L. Ruddell. 2014. A comparison of yard-scale climates in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Poster presented at the 16th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium and All Scientists Meeting, January 17, 2014, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link)

Häb, K., A. Middel and B. L. Ruddell. 2014. Visualizing urban microclimate transect measurements. Poster presented at the 16th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium and All Scientists Meeting, January 17, 2014, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link)

Middel, A., K. Häb, A. J. Brazel, C. A. Martin and B. L. Ruddell. 2014. Linking shading patterns of trees in Phoenix, AZ, to thermal comfort. Poster presented at the 11th Symposium on the Urban Environment, American Meteorological Society 94th Annual Meeting, February 2-6, 2014, Atlanta, GA.

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Presentations

2014

Häb, K., A. Middel and B. L. Ruddell. 2014. Source area computation for microclimate measurements within the urban canopy layer. Presentation at the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, April 8-12, 2014, Tampa, FL.

Middel, A., K. Häb, A. J. Brazel, C. A. Martin and B. L. Ruddell. 2014. Linking shading patterns of trees in Phoenix, AZ, to thermal comfort. Presentation at the 11th Symposium on the Urban Environment, American Meteorological Society 94th Annual Meeting, February 2-6, 2014, Atlanta, GA.

2013

Rogers, B., N. Chhetri, M. R. Henderson, K. D. Hristovski, B. L. Ruddell and J. H. Takamura. 2013. A systematic methodology for the development of enterprise at the base of the economic pyramid. Presentation at the 2013 ASEE International Forum, June 22, 2013, Atlanta, GA. (link)

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