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
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.”