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DAA: Brad L. Inman

Brad Inman

Brad L. Inman

New Orleans, LA | Distinguished Ag Alumni: 2009

Whether the environmental challenge takes him to the 1.5 million acre Blackfeet Reservation in northwestern Montana or to southern Florida shores, soil scientist Brad Inman brings a well-grounded approach to responsibly using, and managing, our world’s limited resources. As a principal technologist, agricultural scientist, and senior project manager for CH2M HILL—one of the nation’s largest employee-owned environmental consulting firms—his expertise extends to irrigation, wetlands, watershed and forestry industry studies, water resources, hazardous and solid wastes, and environmental assessments. The specific “hat” he wears depends on where, and for what, duty calls. In 2005, Inman spearheaded a $3 million water resources project, conducting a site-suitability study and drafting natural water treatment system plans for Clayton County, Georgia. This innovative endeavor led to more than $15 million of constructed wetland treatment facilities and also was selected as a 2005 National Honor Award Winner by the American Council of Engineering Companies. Most significantly, Inman’s design created a natural watershed for Clayton County, sparing the area from severe drought conditions that have plagued the southeast. Since January 2007, Inman has served as a senior project manager and embedded employee for the Army Corps of Engineers New Orleans District Office, concentrating his expertise on rebuilding levees compromised by Hurricane Katrina. “These are tremendous projects, with impossible deadlines, yet I’m energized and have renewed my focus,” he says. “There are infrastructure issues in New Orleans that people will be working on for decades.” Raised on a small farm in Coal City, Indiana, Inman grew up in harmony with his rural environment. A music lover, he also harmonized indoors—where he and his brother played the guitar and mandolin in tune with their father, who jazzed things up on the harmonica. “Purdue opened the world to me, and rewarded me with a life I could once only dream about. I gained an exceptional education, career skills, friends, mentors, and a lifelong love of learning.”