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Kristen S. Kurland

Teaching Professor of Architecture, Information Systems and Public Policy

Biography

Kristen Kurland is a Teaching Professor of Architecture, Information Systems, and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College and School of Architecture, President of CMU’s Andrew Carnegie Society, and serves on CMU’s Board of Trustees.

Professor Kurland's research focuses on interdisciplinary collaborations in health, the built environment, and spatial analysis using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). She works closely with CMU’s Heinz College, School of Architecture, and Civil and Environmental Engineering colleagues and students on health, urban design, economic development, sustainability, and IT issues. She actively collaborates with Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health, and many public health departments.

Professor Kurland's teaching at Carnegie Mellon University includes building information modeling (BIM), computer aided design (CAD), 3D visualization, computer aided facility management (CAFM), and GIS. At the Heinz College, she also teaches infrastructure management to executive physicians in the Master of Medical Management (MMM) program and is a faculty advisor for Heinz College Health Care Management and Policy Systems Synthesis projects. She has a strong interest in technology enhanced learning and has been teaching online courses since 1999. Her distance courses are taught in the Heinz College MMM, Master Science of Information Technology (MSIT), and Adelaide Australia programs.

In addition to her full time faculty position at CMU, Kristen Kurland is the president of a local consulting firm that has implemented computer technology programs in numerous organizations. Her clients include architects, engineers, hospitals, universities, corporations, as well as local, state, and federal governments.

Professor Kurland is also the co-author of a series of best-selling GIS workbooks for Esri, Inc. the world’s leading GIS software developer, including GIS Tutorial 1 Basic Workbook, GIS Tutorial for Health, and GIS Tutorial for Crime Analysis.

Published Books

GISTutorial for Health, Fifth Edition, with Wil Gorr, Esri Press, (2014)

GISTutorial 1 : Basic Workbook Fifth Edition, with Wil Gorr, Esri Press, (2013)

GIS Tutorial for Crime Analysis, with Wil Gorr, Esri Press, (2011)

Learning and Using GIS: ArcGIS Edition, with Wil Gorr, Thomson Learning: Course Technology, (2006)

Learning and Using GIS: ArcExplorer Edition, with Wil Gorr, Thomson Learning: Course Technology, (2005)

Selected Publications

“Proximity to a major roadway, vitamin D insufficiency and severe asthma exacerbations in Puerto Rican children”,  Rosser F, Brehm JM, Forno E, Acosta-Pérez E, Kurland K, Canino G, Celedón JC. , Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2014 Nov 15;190(10):1190-1193. No abstract available. PMID: 25398111

“Accuracy of Prehospital Transport Time Estimation” David J. Wallace, MD, MPH, Jeremy M. Kahn, MD, MSc, Derek C. Angus, MD, MPH, Christian Martin-Gill, MD, MPH, Clifton W. Callaway, MD, PhD, Thomas D. Rea, MD, MPH, Jagpreet Chhatwal, PhD, Kristen Kurland, and Christopher W. Seymour, MD, MSc, ACADEMIC EMERGENCY MEDICINE 2014; 21:9–16 © 2013 by the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine

Chapter reviewer for “Liberation Science: Putting Science to Work for Social and Environmental Justice”, Emerman, S.H., M. Bjørnerud, J.S. Schneiderman, and S.A. Levy (eds.). (Chapter 6: "Public Participation and Spatial Information" by Dr. Shalini P. Vajjhala, Fellow, Resources for the Future), University of Arizona Press, January 6, 2012

“Pediatric Craniofacial Fractures Due to Violence: Comparing Violent and Nonviolent

Mechanisms of Injury”, Alexander F. Mericli, MD,* Gary E. DeCesare, MD,Þ Noel S. Zuckerbraun, MD, MPH,þ, Kristen S. Kurland, BA,§ Lorelei Grunwaldt, MD,Þ Lisa Vecchione, DMD, MDS,Þand Joseph E. Losee, MD, FACS, FAAPÞ, The Journal of Craniofacial Surgery , Volume 22, Number 4, (July 2011)

“Performing GIS mapping on San Antonio Military Pediatric Center (SAMPC) Pediatric Wellness Center Data”, UPMC, Department of Defense, December 2010

“Examination of the built environment and prevalence of obesity: neighborhood characteristics, food purchasing venues, green space and distribution of Body Mass Index” with Dubowitz T, Osypuk T., chapter in S. Babones (ed.), Social Inequality and Public Health  (2009)

Chapter 3: “CAD/GIS Integration: Rationale and Challenges,” by Omer Akin with a contribution from Kristen Kurland, in CAD/GIS Integration: Existing and Emerging Solutions Co-Eds Hassan Karimi and Burcu Akinci, Taylor & Francis, CRC Press, December 2009

 “Application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Mapping in a Pediatric Obesity Center”, with Tamara S Hannon, MD, Goutham Rao, MD, Dana Rofey, PhD, Fida Bacha, MD, Ingrid M Libman, MD PhD, and Silva Arslanian, MD Weight Management & Wellness Center (WMWC), Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, Pediatric Academic Societies Conference, (2008)

“Evaluating the Relationship of All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Motocross Tracks and Pediatric Injury Using Geographic Information Systems,” with Sohail R. Shah, MD , Noel Zuckerbraun, MD  , Kathy Gismondi  , Christine J. McKenna, MSN , Marianne Miller, BS, Barbara Gaines, MD , and Jeffrey S. Upperman, MD., abstract and oral presentation, American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition, (2006)

“Application of a Geographic Information System (GIS) to Identify Neighborhoods at High Risk for Severe Pediatric Pedestrian Injuries and the Relation to Green Space Density.” with NS Zuckerbraun, T Songer, K Gismondi and BA Gaines, abstract and poster presentation, Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting Abstracts, Pediatric Research, (April 2006)

“Geographic Information Systems (GIS)”, Pennsylvania Public Health Association (on-line news issue), (Fall 2006) 

“How Physician Executives Can Use Geographic Information Systems (GIS)”, American College of Physician Executives, vol. 2, no1., (January  2005)

Architecture and Engineering, Guest Editor, Pittsburgh Engineer Magazine, pages 2-11 (Spring 2004 Edition)

“Curriculum Development for a New Class in Advanced Visualization of Urban Systems and Infrastructures”, (with Ramesh Krishnamurti and Luis Rico-Gutierrez, Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research, (Spring 2004)

“Businesses see importance of facilities management training”, Pittsburgh Business Times (online edition), contributing editor, (Fall 2003)

 “Going Back to School: Doctors Learn about Infrastructure Issues”, Health Facilities Management, contributing editor, (August 2002)

 “Legal Aid GIS”, with George Tita, University of California Irvine: GIS training publication for Legal Aid Society of North America/Legal Services Corporation, (2003)

“NEELAM:A Networked Environment for Education Learning And More”, Carnegie Mellon University, (with Ramesh Krishnamurti and Luis Rico-Gutierrez),  (Fall 2003)

“Information Technology - That's Dr. CIO”, contributing editor, Hospital and Health Networks, 76 (9) : pages 18-20, (2002 September)

Presentations and Appearances 

Keynote talk, “Collaborative 3D Model”, EnerGIS  GITA Conference, Canonsburg, PA, May 19, 2015

“3D Visualization for Healthy Cities”,  Journee & Nuit de Numerique, 3D  & Simulation Numerique, University Paris Descartes, Paris, France, March 26, 2015

Faculty presenter, Odyssey Citizen Scholar Panel, Carnegie Mellon University, 2014/2015

Guest lecturer, University of Pittsburgh, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition, Pittsburgh, PA, 2014/2015

Guest lecturer, Carnegie Mellon University, Ecological Footprints course, School of Architecture, Pittsburgh, PA,  2013/2014/2015

Place Matters: GIS Mapping in Healthcare, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Medical Grand Rounds, June 13, 2014

"Crossing Boundaries: GIS Mapping for Healthy Communities and the Built Environment”, Carnegie Mellon University, Doha, Qatar, April 2, 2014

Guest Lecture, Mapping Urbanism course, Carnegie Mellon University, Doha, Qatar, March 31, 2014

“Spatial Epidemiology: Beyond John Snow / GIS in Healthcare: Emerging Tools and Technologies", University of Pittsburgh, Urban & Regional Analysis program, University Center for Social and Urban Research, February 28, 2014

“Research into Practice: Health and Wellness for Ourselves and for Our Community”, Panelist, Exploring Health Discovering Wellness Inauguration event, Carnegie Mellon University, February 21, 2014

Guest lecturer, Carnegie Mellon University, Second Year Studio, School of Architecture, Pittsburgh, PA, September 20, 2013

Healthcare Faculty Panel, Heinz College Healthcare Club, September 20, 2014

Keynote Talk: “Spatial Analysis (GIS Mapping) in Healthcare, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Enterprise Analytics NOW Conference, Pittsburgh PA, June 20, 2013

Luncheon Plenary Talk: “Emerging GIS Technologies and Users in Healthcare”, Pennsylvania GIS 21st Annual Conference, State College, PA, June 5 2013

Keynote Talk: “Data, Data everywhere, but is there an app worth using? The rise of ‘Open Data’, ‘Big Data’ and ‘the New App Economy” ”, National Association of Counties 2013 Legislative Conference, Health Steering Committee, Washington D.C. March 3, 2013 

“Applied GIS from Health and Other Areas that Impact Local Government Services”, National Association of Counties 2013 Legislative Conference, Geospatial Information Systems Subcommittee, Washington D.C. March 3, 2013 

“Telling Compelling Stories with Your GIS”, Panel moderator, Esri Health Conference Scottsdale, AZ, August 21, 2012

 “GIS Impact on Local (County) Government Services”, National Association of Counties, Pittsburgh, PA, July 14, 2012

“GIS Mapping: Turning NYC Food Desserts into Fresh Oases”, NYCNEN (New York City Nutrition Education Network) , March 16, 2011

NYC Department of Health, GIS Day Discussant, November 29, 2010

“Effective Use of Technology by Faculty Members”, CMU Eberly Center,  Pittsburgh, PA November 16, 2010

Keynote Talk, “GIS and HEALTH: Applications to Promote and Support Healthy Communities”, Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute Biennial International Conference, Adelaide Australia, October 2009

“Technology, Health, and the Built Environment”, Adelaide Department of Planning, and Local Government, Adelaide Australia, September 2009

“ArcGIS for Advanced Analysis”, Centers for Disease Control, Analysis-Visualization-Reporting Webninar, March 2009

“GIS for Health and the Built Environment”, Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA, November 2008

 “GIS for All Health Organizations”, Preconference Workshop:  Environmental Systems Research Institute Health GIS Conference, Washington, D.C., October 2008

“Using The Web To Cover Healthcare”, Online News Association Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., September 2008

 “Applications of GIS for Health Policy Research and Analysis”, Department for Families & Communities, Adelaide, Australia, September 2008

“Application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Mapping in a Pediatric Obesity Center”, Pediatric Academic Societies, Poster Presentation, Honolulu, Hawaii, May 2008

“The Human Layer: Solving Public Health Problems Using GIS “, Connected Urban Development Global Conference, Cisco, San Francisco, CA,  February 2008

 “Executive Overview of GIS for Health Organizations”, Preconference Workshop:  Environmental Systems Research Institute Health GIS Conference, Scottsdale Arizona, October, 2007

“Applications of GIS to Health Policy Research and Analysis”, RAND Corporation, Santa Monica California, September 2007

Guest Speaker, New York City Department of Public Health, GIS Department, August 2007

“GIS Tutorials: A Lesson in Teaching with GIS”, author’s panel, Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. – 27th International User Conference, San Diego California (June 2007)

“Designing a Healthy Community”, Highmark Childhood Obesity Regional Strategy Bounce Event, September 2006

“GIS Tutorial for Healthcare Organizations”, Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. - 26th International User Conference, Heath Users Group, San Diego California August 2006

”Spatial Teaching with GIS Tutorial”, Microcomputers in Education Conference, University of Arizona,  Tempe, AZ, March 2006

“Geographic Information Systems: Mapping Health, Trauma, and Injury Cases”, Trauma Conference, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, November 2005

“GIS in the Study and Prevention of Childhood Obesity”, Grand Rounds, St. Margaret’s Hospital, Pittsburgh PA, September 2005

” GIS Tutorial Workshop”, Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. - Fifth Annual ESRI Education User Conference, San Diego California, July 2005

“Working with GIS”, Legal Services Corporation – TIG Conference, Austin, TX, January 2005

“GIS in the Study and Prevention of Childhood Obesity”, Highmark Childhood Obesity Regional Strategy Committee Meeting, March 2005

“GIS in Legal Services”, Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. - Fourth Annual ESRI Education User Conference, San Diego California,(July 2004

“GIS in Legal Services”, 4th Annual Western PA GIS Conference, California PA , September 2004

“Developing Educational GIS Materials”, Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. - Third Annual ESRI Education User Conference, San Diego California, July 2003

“Developing Educational GIS Materials”, 4th Annual Western PA GIS Conference, California PA, September 2003

“GIS Distance Education to Non-Traditional Users”, Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. - Second Annual ESRI Education User Conference, San Diego California, July 2002

“GIS Technology To Link Youth and Workforce”, Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc., First Annual ESRI Education User Conference, San Diego California, June 2001

Education

BA, University of Pittsburgh

Media Mentions

“Move near a park and keep children healthy”, The Advertiser, Adelaide Australia local newspaper, By Tory Shepard, Health reporter, September 2009 
“Young Lives at Risk: Our Overweight Children”, Washington Post, By Steve Hendrix and Hamil R. Harris, Washington Post Staff Writers, May 20, 2008 
CMU Today, “Solving a Weighty Issue”, pages 12-14 (April 2007) 
CMU, The Piper, “Location, Location, Location: It May Be Why You’re Overweight”, page 6 (January 2007) 
Pittsburgh Tribune Review, “Architects join in the battle of the bulge”, (September 16, 2006) 
Carnegie Mellon University, 8.5 x 11 News, Vol. 17, no. 6, “Research Says US Cities Are Making Children Obese”, (August 2007) 
Ann Devlin Show, Night Talk, December 2006 
Pittsburgh Today LIVE, October 2006 
DUQ Radio, October 2006 
Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research (SEER), Spotlight on SEER Faculty, (Spring 2005) 
AIA Columns magazine, “Are American Cities Making Us Fat?”, (November 2005) 
CADENCE Magazine, “New Technology Drives AutoCAD Training Techniques”, (January 2000) 

Courses I Teach

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