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Judith Ledlee

Executive In Residence in the Pratt School of Engineering
Pratt School of Engineering


Judy Ledlee, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of Design Climate and is passionate about cleantech innovation and commercialization. Judy developed her passion for cleantech innovation during her doctoral studies at Duke University where she researched emerging water treatment technologies. From her work, she co-founded a startup for hydraulic fracturing wastewater recycling. After graduating, she continued her cleantech career in the water industry working for Evoqua (now Dupont and Xylem), Black & Veatch, and ZwitterCo. Throughout her career, she’s continued working on entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial activities and is excited to return to Duke and create opportunities for new generations of students to develop innovations for addressing climate challenges.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Executive In Residence in the Pratt School of Engineering · 2023 - Present Pratt School of Engineering
Executive in Residence in the Division of Environmental Science and Policy · 2023 - Present Environmental Sciences and Policy, Nicholas School of the Environment

Education, Training & Certifications

Duke University · 2017 D.Phil.
Duke University · 2015 M.S.
Tufts University · 2008 B.S.