About


The FEWSION™ Team

Dr. Benjamin Ruddell portrait

Dr. Benjamin Ruddell is the Director of the FEWSION supply chain data science project and a professor in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems (SICCS) at Northern Arizona University. His professional experience is in informatics, data science, systems engineering, and generally in the leadership of the interdisciplinary university enterprise.

Dr. Richard Rushforth portrait

Dr. Richard Rushforth is an assistant research professor in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems who applies novel data science techniques to environmental systems, supply chain analytics, and the analysis of urban systems. He has expertise in conducting greenhouse gas inventories and material flow analyses.

Lisa Whelan portrait

Lisa Whelan is a program director at Northern Arizona University (NAU) in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems (SICCS). She is a licensed Project Manager Professional (PMP), received her master’s degree in 2013 from NAU and her bachelor’s in 2009 from Arizona State University.

Dr. Melakeneh Gedefaw portrait

Dr. Laljeet Sangha is a post-doctoral researcher at the School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems with experience in field-to-state-level irrigation water resource management and state-wide water planning. His work focuses on developing a predictive understanding of the impacts of limited water availability on irrigated operations using data science, modeling, and supply change analysis.

Darren Bingham portrait

Darren Bingham is a research assistant at Northern Arizona University (NAU) for FEWSION where his focus is on critical supply chain analysis, local food system development, and circular economies in Arizona. He received his master’s in 2021 from NAU and his bachelor's in 2017 from Utah State.

Kat Fowler portrait

Kat Fowler is a second-year Ph.D. student at Northern Arizona University in the Informatics & Computing program with an emphasis on Ecological & Environmental Informatics. She is interested in quantifying vulnerability and resilience in socio-ecological systems, especially in relation to water availability.

Angelica Alcalá portrait

Angelica Alcalá is a Ph.D. student in the Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability program, with an emphasis on Environment and Society. Her interests include exploring how an awareness of the FEW supply chain can be applied to cross-curricular K-12 education, enhancing understanding of climate and environmental changes and their pursuant effects on society.

Eric Sjostedt portrait

Eric Sjostedt is a Ph.D. student at Northern Arizona University in Ecological and Environmental Informatics, focusing on GIS, complex systems, and big data applications to supply chains and human-nature interactions.

Mike Fell portrait

Mike Fell is an applications programmer at Northern Arizona University (NAU) in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems (SICCS) and assists with FEWSION for the workflow and data portal.


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