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Tarek Rashed


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Phone: (213) 740-5910
Office: KAP 444

Curriculum Vitae

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Tarek Rashed is the Chief Scientist and President of the Geospatial Applied Research Experts Houses (GSAREH), a geospatial technologies R&D and Consulting firm based in Austin, TX. He holds a B.SC. degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Assiut, Egypt , an M.Sc. in Computation from the University of Manchester U.K, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Disaster Management from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and a Ph.D. in Geography from the joint doctoral program of San Diego State University and the University of California, Santa Barbra. Dr. Rashed has over 18 years of professional and academic experience in the fields of remote sensing and GIS. His experience cuts across a broad range of topical and methodological areas, including geographic simulation, spatial decision support systems for risk and vulnerability analyses, urban remote sensing, and regional planning studies (e.g., land use/land cover change, urban ecology, demographics). Prior to founding GSAREH in 2010, Dr. Rashed served as a faculty member at the University of Oklahoma (Norman Campus) and the University of Redlands in California. He is currently a part-time faculty member with the GIST Master’s Program at the University of Southern California, and also serves as a consultant to the World Bank and United Nations Environmental Program. Dr. Rashed’s scholarship reflects a successful record of theoretical and empirical contributions to geospatial technologies field, as evidenced by several publications in peer-reviewed journals in top disciplinary and international journals including the Annals of American Association of Geographers, International Journal of Geographic Information Science, International Journal of Remote Sensing, Geocarto International, Photogrammertic Engineering and Remote Sensing, Environment and Planning, and Computers, Environment and Urban Systems. In addition to peer reviewed journal articles, he has published a number of peer-reviewed book chapters and articles in professional magazines such us GéoConnexions, and he is the lead editor of a text book on Urban Remote Sensing published in summer 2010. He is an award-winner of numerous national and international awards both as a graduate student and as faculty including the prestigious Gilbert White Award for the best hazards dissertation/thesis from the Hazards Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers (AAG 2004), Young Scholar Award from the Consortium of Geographic Information Science (UCGIS 2005), and a GIS Award from the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA - 1999). Dr. Rashed holds professional membership in several professional and scientific organizations including the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA), the Sigma Xi scientific community, the Association of American Geographers (AAG), Phi-Beta-Delta International Scholars Society, and the Academic Council of United Nations System. He has served in the past as a Secretary of the Consortium of Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) in 2008-2009, and as a Board Director in the Central Region of the American Society for Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) between 2005 and 2009. He is also a co-founder of Urban Remote Sensing specialty group of the European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories (EARSeL).


Ph.D. Geography, Joint Doctoral Program of University of California Santa Barbara and San Diego State University, 5/2003
M.S. Disaster Management, University of Geneva (Switzerland), 5/2000
M.S. Computation, University of Manchester (UK), 9/1997
B.S. Architecture Engineering, University of Assiut (Egypt), 5/1993

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

My interests and activities in research can be grouped under broader but overlapping categories: (1) environmental hazards and risk analysis, (2) urban studies, and (3) implementation and operational use of geospatial solutions. The first two categories provide the thematic domains for identifying priorities, needs, and questions guiding my research, while the third constitutes the domain of methodological developments and linking knowledge to action.

Research Keywords

Disaster simulation, spatial decision support systems, risk and vulnerability analyses, urban remote sensing, urban and regional planning studies (e.g., land use/land cover change, urban ecology, demographics), and fuzzy logic
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