Darren Ruddell is an Associate Professor in the Spatial Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California. Ruddell teaches and develops curricula in GeoDesign and advanced online programs in Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIST). GeoDesign is a forward-thinking, interdisciplinary framework that pairs planning, design and environmental systems with geospatial technologies to explore ways to build a better world. Ruddell utilizes geospatial technologies to investigate issues of urban sustainability and resiliency. Ruddell earned his Ph.D. from the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University.