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Will Baldwin

Information Technology Officer


Responsibilities and Experience

As information technology officer, Will Baldwin develops and manages the information technology infrastructure and security necessary to support research and education programs at the BRI. With 20+ years of experience in the information technology field, Baldwin accepted his position for its high-profile challenges and the chance to make a significant impact on the organization’s mission. He works with a wealth of technologies, including cyber-security intrusion protection, video surveillance, physical access control, laboratory information management, control systems, software development, x.509 identity management, and broadcast quality television production systems.

Previous Positions

  • Plant Diagnostic Information System, Project Director 2001-Present
  • Kansas Air National Guard, Safety Specialist 2012-2014
  • Kansas Air National Guard, Avionics Guidance and Controls Specialist 1988-2012
  • Great Plains Diagnostic Network, Associate Director for Information Technology  2002-2008
  • K-State College of Agriculture, Department of Communications, Interim Unit Leader of Information and Educational Technology 2007-2008
  • K-State College of Agriculture, Systems Engineer 1993-2002
  • K-State College of Architecture, Information Technology Director
  • K-State College of Engineering, Engineering Computing Center


  • NSF Grant: "Navajo Math Circles–BAA HÓZHÓ MATHEMATICS" 2018 Volunteer Instructor Diné College, Tsaile, AZ
  • Ohio State University - Plant and Animal Agrosecurity Research (PAAR) facility Advisory Board Subject Matter Expert 2016
  • Manhattan High School Programming and Software Development Advisory Group 2016-2017
  • Hosted High-Containment Information Technology Conference 2015
  • AIAA Unmanned Aerial Systems Design Team 2013-2015
  • EU Grant:“Plant and Food Biosecurity” Network of Excellence 7th FP 2010-2015
  • National Plant Diagnostics Network (NPDN) 2002-present
  • Plant Diagnostics Information System (PDIS) 1999-present
  • State of Kansas Information Technology Identity Management Group (ITIMG) 2008-present
  • Kansas State University Information Resource Management Committee 2009-2011
  • NSF Grant: "Intelligent Rule Based Message Routing.." 2006-2007
  • NRI Grant: "Safeguarding American Agriculture from New and Emerging Diseases and Pests: A GIS and Web-Based Disease Monitoring, Forecasting, and Information Delivery System" 2006-2007


  • 2010 USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Innovative Program Models - Partnership Award
  • 2005 Kansas State University Research and Extension Builders Award 
  • 2003 Kansas State University Information Technology Gold Award
  • 2003 Agricultural Communicators in Education (ACE) Gold Award
  • 2001 Kansas State University Research and Extension Faculty Award


  • AAS Avionic Systems Technology 2014
  • AAS Safety 2014

Professional Associations

  • Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC)
  • American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS International)
  • American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES)
  • Philmont Staff Association (PSA)
  • Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA)


James Stack, Kitty Cardwell, Raymond Hammerschmidt, Jan Byrne, Rose Loria, Karen Snover-Clift, Will Baldwin, Gale Wisler, Howard Beck, Rick Bostock, Carla Thomas, Eileen Luke. "The National Plant Diagnostic Network." Plant Disease Volume 90.Number 2 (2006): pp. 128 - 136.

Stack, J.P. and Baldwin, W. 2008. The need for secure communications networks and global connectivity. In: Crop Biosecurity: Assuring our Global Food Supply (NATO Science for Peace and Security Series C: Environmental Security) (Eds: Gullino M.L., Fletcher J., Gamliel A., Stack P.J.).  Springer, The Netherlands. pp. 148

James P. Stack, Jane E. Thomas, Will Baldwin, Paul J. Verrier. "Virtual Diagnostic Networks: A Platform for Collaborative Diagnostics." Maria Lodovica Gullino, Peter J. M. Bonants. Detection and Diagnostics of Plant Pathogens. Berlin, Germany: Springer Netherlands, 2014. pp. 147-156.

Xiaolong Wang, Masaaki Mizuno, Mitch Neilsen, Xinming Ou, S. Raj Rajagopalan, Will G. Baldwin, Bryan Phillips "Secure RTOS Architecture for Building Automation" 22nd ACM Conference on Computer and Communications 2015, Pages: 79-90