Bo Yang is an assistant professor of Geographic Information System (GIS) in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. His research focuses on cutting-edge technologies in GIS and remote sensing, including machine learning and AI in GIS, UAV remote sensing, coastal ecosystem monitoring, wildfire mapping, urban heat, urban crime, and urban transportation. He holds a doctoral degree from the University of Cincinnati.
Gordon Douglas is the director of the Institute for Metropolitan Studies and an associate professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. His work focuses on social inequality in planning and development, neighborhood identity and gentrification, and peoples’ relationships to their physical surroundings from streetscape design to disaster response. He is currently working on local improvement efforts in San José and Oakland, including affordable housing production, safe streets, and the rights of our unhoused community members. Prior to joining SJSU, Gordon helped lead the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University and worked on the U.S. exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale. He holds master’s degrees in media and communication from the University of Southern California and the London School of Economics; and a doctoral degree in sociology from the University of Chicago.
Kelly Snider is a professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and director of the Certificate in Real Estate Development Program (CRED). She is an expert in the ways laws, regulations and policies impact the design, financing, and construction of buildings in urban areas as well as strategies that will increase diversity in California neighborhoods to create healthy, equitable and sustainable multi-generational communities. Kelly is a real estate developer and has a master’s degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).