using plans symposium --
Celebrating Lew Hopkins' Career

Participant's Profiles -- An Incomplete List


Marc P. Armstrong (University of Iowa)
Marc Armstrong is Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography at The University of Iowa where he also holds an appointment in the Graduate Program in Applied Mathematical and Computational Sciences. He is also a Collegiate Fellow in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Interim Director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. A primary focus of his research is on the use of grid computing to improve the performance of spatial analysis methods. Other active areas of interest are in mobile computing, privacy aspects of geo-spatial technologies, and evolutionary computation. Dr. Armstrong has served as North American Editor of the International Journal of Geographical Information Science, and Associate Editor of Cartography and Geographic Information Systems.
Uri P. Avin (Parsons Brinckerhoff)
Uri Avin is a recognized innovator in the field of planning and smart growth and a charter Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He is currently Practice Leader for Regional Growth Management at PB PlaceMaking (a division of Parsons Brinckerhoff). He has also been a Vice President at the planning firm HNTB, a principal at LDR International, and planning director or deputy director in multiple counties in Maryland. He is a well respected authority on smart growth, and has lectured, written, taught and consulted widely on issues of smart growth and land use and transportation issues. He is currently an affiliate faculty member at the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education at the University of Maryland and recent work focuses on scenario planning, growth management and the connections between land use and transportation planning.
Lisa Bates (University of Illinois)
Lisa Bates is Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her interests lie in the connection between housing and neighborhoods, with a focus on the opportunities of low-income residents and people of color. Her research has examined the measurement of neighborhood quality, the relationship between house prices and neighborhood change, and the choices and constraints for low-income families seeking housing and neighborhoods. She has most recently been an active participant in post-Katrina planning efforts in New Orleans.
Brian Deal (University of Illinois)
Brian Deal is Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois. His current research includes the study of urban land use transformation and its implications on planning for more sustainable societies.
Kieran Donaghy (Cornell University)
Kieran Donaghy is Professor of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University. One of the few continuous-time applied econometricians working in this country, his applied research has been focused on regional impacts of climate change, transportation planning, state and local development, macroeconomic policy, arms race and military spending issues, and the coordination of international economic policies. He has served as a consultant to the World Bank and various international, state, and local agencies.
Charles Ehlschlaeger (Western Illinois University)
Chuck Ehlschlaeger is an associate professor of Geography. His current research interests include visualization and quantification of spatial data uncertainty, modeling population demographics, modeling endangered species habitat, and organizing metadata for spatial data and plans.
Edward Feser (University of Illinois)
Ed Feser is Professor and Interim Head of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he teaches courses in state and local economic development policy, economic development strategy and implementation, and methods of urban and regional analysis.  He is a specialist in regional growth modeling, state and local technology policy, and industry cluster analysis and works regularly with state and local governments, corporations, non-profit development agencies, and planning firms on economic development issues.
Paul Hanley (University of Iowa)
Paul Hanley, AICP, is Associate Professor in the Graduate Program in Urban & Regional Planning, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and The Public Policy Center at the University of Iowa. His major teaching and research interests include urban and environmental infrastructure planning, computer technology in planning, and planning methodology. He is trained as a civil engineer and planner, and has worked as a professional planner in Illinois.
Tschangho John Kim (University of Illinois)
Tschangho John Kim is Endowed Professor of Urban and Regional Systems at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He is a Fellow of Regional Science Association International and President-Elect of Western Regional Science Association in 2007. He has worked in Austria, Germany, South Korea, Indonesia, Sweden, Kenya, the People's Republic of China, Saudi Arabia and the United States. He has published 8 books, 28 book chapters, 54 journal articles, and 40 professional articles in the fields of urban systems, transportation, land use, and applications of information and communications technologies to urban planning.
Gerrit Knaap (University of Maryland)
Gerrit-Jan Knaap is executive director of the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education at the University of Maryland and professor of Urban Studies and Planning at UMD. He is the author of more than 50 articles and five books on state and local land use planning and economics. His research interests include the economics and politics of land use planning, the efficacy of economic development instruments, and impacts of environmental policy.
Shih-Kung Lai (National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan)
Shih-Kung Lai is Professor in the Department of Urban Planning at National Cheng Kung University. His current research interests focus on the questions: How do complex spatial systems evolve? Does planning work? How should planners apply decision and plan making techniques to solve problems resulting from complex spatial system evolution? His work uses cellular automata, computer experiments, complexity research, axiomatic planning theory, behavioral decision theory, multi-attribute decision making techniques, organizational choice behavior, decision analysis research and planning support systems.
Rob Olshansky (University of Illinois)
Rob Olshansky, is Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a well known scholar in disaster recovery planning and studied recovery after several major earthquakes, most notably the Kobe, Japan earthquake of 1995. He is actively involved in the post Katrina planning efforts in New Orleans.
Varkki George Pallathucheril (University of Illinois & American University of Sharjah)
Varkki Pallathucheril is Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He draws on his undergraduate education in architecture, his experience as a professional architect, and his graduate studies in planning to explore how we design and plan, especially using computers.His research projects include a hypermedia-based information system for historic preservation administration, a computer-based tool for defining regions, and a hypermedia-based pedagogical tool for urban design. He is currently on sabbatical and teaches at American University of Sharjah
Ken Reardon (Cornell University)
Ken Reardon is Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University. He helped establish the University of Illinois' highly-regarded East St. Louis Action Research Project, and was awarded the 2000 American Institute of Certified Planners President's Award for his participation in this work. His research interests focus on community-based planning in severely distressed urban neighborhoods, alternative approaches to community development, urban social movements, and municipal government reform.
Peter Schaeffer (West Virginia University)
Peter Schaeffer is professor of Resource Management at West Virginia University. He specializes in economic policy, with special foci on regional economics and development; labor issues related to economic development and performance, particularly international labor migration and domestic job mobility; and natural resource management issues related to amenities, planning, and energy, and their implications for economic development.
Mike Shiffer (University of Illinois-Chicago & Chicago Transit Authority)
Mike Shiffer is Associate Professor in the Urban Planning and Policy program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Since 2001, Professor Shiffer has been on part-time status while he serves as Vice President responsible for Planning & Development at the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). For nearly 20 years, Shiffer's research has focused on how information technologies (such as multimedia representational aids, virtual navigational aids, and world-wide networking) can better inform deliberation, decision-making and public debate with a specific focus on spatial information.
Elizabeth Sweet (University of Illinois)
Betsy Sweet is Assistant Professor in Urban Planning at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. She is focused on analyzing international, national, and local economic development policies and their gender ramification, particularly for women of color. She has spent a significant amount of time in Mexico and Russia, as a Rockefeller resident and as Fulbright scholar.
Elizabeth Tyler (City of Urbana, IL)
Libby Tyler, AICP, is Community Development Services Director for the City of Urbana, a position which she has held since 2001. She has 27 years of experience as a city planner, practicing in Colorado, California, and Illinois for a number of government agencies and private consulting firms. She holds a Ph.D. from University of Illinois. Her dissertation is on the development of a typology of environmental values.
Marisa Zapata (University of Illinois)
Marisa Zapata is PhD candidate in Regional Planning program at the University of Illinois. She is interested in differences in multi cultural for planning and plans and has edited a book with Lew Hopkins titlted Engaging the Future: Forecasts, Scenarios, Plans, and Projects. She formerly worked for Congressman Charles B. Rangel in Washington, DC, and completed her B.A. in anthropology at Rice University.

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