Director and Founder

Brent Haddad, MBA, Ph.D.

He has over 20 years of experience in the field of water and wastewater. In addition to leading the Center, he is Associate Dean of Engineering for Technology Management and Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, teaching courses on environmental policy and economics and fresh water policy. Professor Haddad holds an M.B.A. in Business & Public Policy and a Ph.D. in Energy and Resources. Professor Haddad's research focuses on fresh water policy and management, including urban water management strategies, utility-stakeholder communications, and long-range planning. Currently, he is Principal Investigator of a $2.6 million two-year research project focusing on how municipalities can evaluate desalination as a new water supply option.

Curriculum Vitae | File: PDF 24 KB

Professor Haddad teaches courses each year at UC Santa Cruz. He developed UCSC's first on-line course, called Introduction to Fresh Water: Policy and Processes, which is intended for national and international audiences. This 2007 syllabus for his fresh water policy course shows the breadth of topics he lectures on and his emphasis on bringing guest lecturers to campus. High profile experts in the field of water and natural resources management and policy have come to campus for his courses. His course on environmental policy and economics grew to have the largest enrollment of any course at UCSC, attracting hundreds of students and others who wanted to attend the lectures.