The Bronx Community College Geospatial Center of the CUNY CREST Institute (BGCCCI) is a collaboration between Bronx Community College of The City University of New York and CUNY Remote Sensing Earth System (CREST) Institute. Geospatial technology is an emerging technology that facilitates location-based analysis of geographical data acquired from a wide array of sources, including 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. This presents an ideal opportunity for Bronx Community College – through the BCC Geospatial Center of the CREST Institute — to offer education and training in this emerging field of study.

The newly formed BGCCCI will be a state-of-the art facility that provides leadership in geospatial technology and its applications for both STEM and non-STEM disciplines. The primary function of the Center is to provide educational and research opportunities for BCC undergraduates, faculty and staff, specialized training through technical workshops and seminars for the industry, fostering international collaborations and enriching the global perspective of BCC-CUNY students. The Center will serve as both a teaching and training facility, and a center for international geospatial research and collaboration. It will have strong ties to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Center for Remote Sensing Teaching (NOAA-CREST institute) and the Educational Office of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Goddard Flight Center, New York. The Center will work with international institutes such as The Energy and Research Institute (TERI), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi University, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), James Cook University, Charles Sturt University, the University of New South Wales and other global universities.

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

  • Design, develop and introduce new and multidisciplinary courses/programs in geospatial technology at BCC.
  • Conduct scholarly activities and cutting-edge research in areas of national priority.
  • Design and develop training programs for middle and high school students and educators.
  • Train BCC students, faculty, staff and local residents.
  • Organize summer institutes for high schools and undergraduate students.
  • Seek grants from private and federal entities.

Contact Us

Sunil Bhaskaran
Director of BGCCCI

Location: Meister Hall [ME], Room 807
Telephone: 718.289.5566/5233

Email: inquiries.bgccci@bcc.cuny.edu

Geospatial Computing Center

Location: Meister Hall [ME], Room 330
Telephone: 718.289.5233

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