Steven French is the McKenney Family Professor of Sustainability, Energy and Environment and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has been teaching and doing research on GIS for more than 30 years. He directed the Center for Geographic Information Systems from 1996 to July 2011. Over the past twenty-five years, Dr. French has been the Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on more than 70 research projects. He has participated in a number of National Science Foundation projects dealing with flood and earthquake hazards and was the Social Science Thrust Leader for the Mid-America Earthquake Center, where he was the principal investigator on a series of projects that used advanced technology to create GIS-based building inventories and developed innovative approaches to model the social and economic consequences of earthquakes and other natural hazards. He recently completed a joint project with CDC on the effects of large scale urban form on obesity.
Dr. French is the author or co-author of more than 25 journal articles and four books. He is the co-author of a recent article in the Journal of the American Planning Association on the future of GIS and co-edited Risk Assessment, Modeling and Decision Support (Springer, 2008). He is also a lead contributor to the EPRI-GTC methodology for siting overhead electric transmission lines.
Dr. French holds a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners.