Brad Ballard

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Data Management Technician


Data, Instrumentation, and Field Campaigns




(720) 310-5633


Before joining the US Navy, Brad played college sports: football at Morehead State University and rugby at Coastal Carolina University. He was in the US Navy from 2007-12 -- stationed in Charleston, SC 2008-10 and in Fujairah, UAE in 2011. After the Navy, he completed his undergrad at Ohio State University (in Economics) and was in Cape Town, South Africa in 2013 for an economic development internship. Brad then moved to Silicon Valley for grad school at SJSU (in Economics) and lived there from 2013-19. Along the way, he completed an online master's degree from the University of Illinois (in Computer Science). He previously worked for Picarro Inc. from 2015-23 as an engineer responsible for equipment sensitive to methane, helping utility companies (such as PG&E, CenterPoint, Italgas, Xcel, and others) to address their climate change impact.


  • M.S., Computer Science, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2018
  • M.A., Economics, San Jose State University, 2014
  • B.S., Economics, The Ohio State University, 2013