Tarek Rashed Announced as New Director of GeoInformatics at The Polis Center at IUPUI

The Polis Center at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) has announced that Tarek Rashed has joined the Center to direct and further develop the GeoInformatics project portfolio of partners in the fields of emergency management, hazard risk analysis, disaster mitigation, land-use planning, and economic development. The Polis Center at IUPUI specializes in providing place-based research tools to transform data into usable information for more effective local decision-making.

Rashed earned his Ph.D. through the joint doctoral program of San Diego State University and the University of California, Santa Barbara. He spent the past six years at Geospatial Applied Research Experts House (GSAREH), where he was instrumental in helping the company become recognized as a premier provider of geospatial innovation. Prior to that, he served as a faculty member at the Universities of Redlands, Oklahoma, and Southern California. Rashed has been a member of the American Association of Geographers since 1999.

Rashed commented, “I am excited to join The Polis Center and look forward to working with the GeoInformatics team to further develop and diversify our innovative applications of GIS and GIScience to serve the communities of Indiana and our various constituencies within the state and beyond. I am fortunate to be joining a well-recognized academic institution that prides itself on utilizing technologies to strengthen community resilience and civic capabilities.”

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