Will Baldwin

Information Technology Director


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 30+ 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

  • Biosecurity Research Institute Information Technology Director 2008-Present
  • 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, 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 1992
  • K-State College of Engineering, Engineering Computing Center 1990-1991


  • Kansas State University Extended Information Technology Leadership Committee 2019
  • Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases (CEEZAD) “Transboundary animal disease workforce development: fellowship training program,” PI Dana Vanlandingham - Guest Lecturer 2019
  • NSF Grant: "Navajo Math Circles–BAA HÓZHÓ MATHEMATICS" Instructor Navajo Technical University, Crownpoint, NM 2019
  • NSF Grant: "Navajo Math Circles–BAA HÓZHÓ MATHEMATICS" Instructor Diné College, Tsaile, AZ 2018
  • Flint Hills Regional Leadership Program FHRLP Class 2017-2018
  • Manhattan High School Programming and Software Development Advisory Group 2016-2019
  • 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) 2008-2018
  • 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
  • Meadowlark Lecture Series | College of Health and Human Sciences Center on Aging | Guest Lecturer


  • 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


  • Kansas State University-Carl R. Ice College of Engineering-Bachelor Of Science in Computer Science Fall 2020
  • Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) Associate of Applied Science in Avionics Systems Technology 2014
  • Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) Associate of Applied Science in Safety 2014

Professional Associations

  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • 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)
  • Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)


Stack, J., Cardwell, K, Hammerschmidt, R., Byrne, J., Loria, R., Snover-Clift, K., Baldwin, W., Wisler, G., Beck, H., Rostock, R., Thomas, C., Luke., E., (2006). The National Plant Diagnostic Network. Plant Disease 90(2) 128-136. doi: 10.1094/PD-90-0128. https://naldc.nal.usda.gov/download/1297/PDF.

Stack, J.P. and Baldwin, W. (2008). The need for secure communications networks and global connectivity. From book - 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. ISBN 10: 1402084757, https://b-ok.org/book/842643/e751b3

Stack, J.P., Thomas, J.E., Baldwin, W., Verrier, P.J., (2014). Virtual Diagnostic Networks: A Platform for Collaborative Diagnostics, In Book - Plant Disease Diagnostics for Forensic Applications , (Eds. Gullina, M.L., Bonants, P.J.M.), pp. 147-156. doi: 10.1007/978-94-017-9020-8_10, © Springer Science + Business Media Dordrecht, Netherlands.

Wang, X., Mizuno, M., Neilsen, M., Ou, X., Rajagopalan, R., Baldwin, W.G., Phillips, B., (2015) Secure RTOS Architecture for Building Automation presented at the 22nd ACM Conference on Computer Communications, 2015, pp. 79-90. www.cse.usf.edu/~xou/publications/cps-spc15.pdf.