History of BCC Geospatial Center of the CUNY CREST Institute
The Bronx Community College Geospatial Center of the CUNY CREST Institute or BGCCCI is a collaborative satellite center of the CUNY CREST Institute. BGCCCI was officially launched when Bronx Community College and the CUNY CREST Institute (City College of New York) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on October 3, 2014. Since 2010, Dr. Sunil Bhaskaran spearheaded the development and growth of geospatial technology at BCC-CUNY which led to the formation of BGCCCI. Dr. Bhaskaran achieved this by engaging students and multi-disciplinary faculty in cutting-edge research, and by delivering information sessions for administrators.
About the Center Facilities at Bronx Community College
BGCCCI has a state-of-the-art Geospatial Computing Center that houses the current suite of industry-standard software and a large archive of multi-resolution satellite and geographic datasets. The Geospatial Computing Center was funded by the CUNY Workforce Development Initiative (WDI). Over the years, a large number of students, faculty, and collaborators have received training and education in geospatial technology at BGCCCI.
Student Growth and Involvement
Students use the state-of-the-art geospatial computing center (GCC) for investigating a wide range of Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) centered topics. They analyze a wide range of BIG geospatial data for developing spatial information systems. At BGCCCI they learn from expert faculty and leaders from the Industry.
Since they are taught by experienced faculty and use the latest industry-standard software and data to hone their analytical skills, they are able to develop and acquire industry-relevant workforce skills. Over the years BGCCCI has evolved into a major intellectual hub in the region that is invested in promoting geospatial education, cutting-edge research, and career pathways. BGCCCI is currently funded by federal and private agencies including the National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Digital Globe, and Amazon.
Official Launch of BGCCCI – October 3, 2014
BCC-CUNY’s Provost Dr. Claudia Schrader and NOAA-CREST Institute Director Prof. Reza Khanbilvardi signing the Memorandum of Understanding to form BGCCCI.
Evolution of the Center
BGCCCI Newsletters (2010-present) describe and show the evolution of the Geospatial Center of the CUNY CREST Institute.
Delivering Consistent Positive Outcomes
At BGCCCI, we strategically plan our funding and activities to create consistent positive outcomes for our students.