The Bronx Community College Geospatial Center of the CUNY CREST Institute (BGCCCI) is a collaboration between Bronx Community College and CUNY Remote Sensing Earth System (CREST) Institute. BGCCCI is a unit under the Office of Academic Affairs. Geospatial technology is an emerging technology that involves location-based analysis of geographical data. The geographical data is acquired from different sources like sensors mounted on platforms such as satellites and aircraft. This technology has applications essential to most aspects of daily modern life. As a result, geospatial technologies have been growing at an exponential rate, leading to a high demand for skilled technicians. According to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the geospatial industry is facing critical shortages of labor skilled in the field.

Over the years affiliated faculty, students, interns, research associates and collaborators have engaged in designing new geospatial courses, cutting-edge research, delivery of workshops and seminars. These activities have led to scholarship, internships, workforce skills and increased students retention at the college. As a result over the years, BGCCCI has grown in stature and reputation as a leading intellectual hub in the region. Due to the pioneering contributions of BGCCCI and service to the region, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Aeronautical Space Administration (NASA) have recently awarded major grants to sustain its growth and excellence.

The mission of the BGCCCI is to educate, train and prepare BCC students to enter the workforce or pursue advanced studies in geospatial technology. BGCCCI seeks to achieve this goal by engaging in the following activities:

  • Designing, developing and introducing new and multidisciplinary courses/programs in geospatial technology.
  • Conducting scholarly activities and cutting-edge research in areas of national priority.
  • Designing and developing training programs for middle and high school students and educators.
  • Training students in acquiring workforce skills by organizing summer institutes for school and college students.
  • Sustain the growth of BGCCCI by grants from private and federal entities.
  • Creating innovative pathways in geospatial technology and career pathways.
  • Collaborate with all stake holders to increase participation of underserved communities and inclusiveness in geospatial technology.

Contact Us

Dr. Sunil Bhaskaran (Founding Director)
807, Meister Hall, Bronx Community College – CUNY, 2155, University Avenue, Bronx, New York – 10453,
Tel: 1-718-289-5566
Fax: 1-718-289-6448
Twitter @BGCCCIGeo
NSF-ATE – Pathways to Geospatial Technology and Careers


Zahira Munawar []

Geospatial Computing Center
Location: Meister Hall [ME], Room 330
Telephone: 1-718.289.5233
Fax: 1-718-289-6448

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