Rick Brandenburg, Ph.D., is the William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor at the North Carolina State University. He earned his bachelor's degree from Purdue University and his Ph.D. from North Carolina State University. Brandenburg’s research focuses on integrated pest management, pest monitoring and forecasting, as well as environmentally and cost-effective management strategies. His university appointment includes 5 percent teaching, 35 percent research and 60 percent extension.
Brandenburg’s excellence in the turf industry has been well-documented through numerous awards he has received, including the Entomological Society of America Outstanding Urban Entomology Award, ESA Fellow and Outstanding Extension Award and the Osmun Outstanding Alumni Award from Purdue University.
In addition to participation in numerous state and regional turf conferences across the United States, Brandenburg has also taught various turfgrass and educational subjects in China, Hong Kong, Australia, Singapore, South Africa, Germany, Canada, Mexico, Argentina and the UK. He has been a GCSAA faculty member since 1995 and enjoys spending time with his friends and family, landscaping and community volunteer work in his free time.