Faculty: Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems

Faculty: Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems
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Professor Xi Chen UC OnlineMEET YOUR PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Xi (Pronounced “Sea”) Chen

Xi Chen is the program director for the Master’s in Geographic Information Systems program at University of Cincinnati Online. Xi has been with the University of Cincinnati since 2016 and is excited to launch this new 100% online master’s program.

With over a decade of research, Xi is recognized as an expert in GIS and has dedicated his career to exploring the intersection of technology and geography.  Xi’s Ph.D. research was on “Wetland hydrology and environmental impacts” at the University of Central Florida.

Working with student’s has been important to Xi. He has published multiple papers and presentations on environmental engineering issues, including the effect of land use changes on water quality. He has presented these findings in both government, and academic settings.

Professor Xi holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Nankai University and Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from University of Kansas, and a Ph.D degree in Geography from University of Central Florida. He will be teaching both introductory and advanced courses in GIS for this program.

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Master of Science in GIS Faculty

The faculty displayed below are actively teaching MS GIS online students in the current semester. This is list is subject to change. If you’d like to learn more about a faculty member, click their name to go to a profile.

Kevin Raleigh

Department Head
Associate Professor Educator
Email: [email protected]
Interests: Urban-economic geography, political geography, and quantitative techniques




Lin Liu

Graduate Director
Co-Director of GIS Center
Email: [email protected]
Interests: GIS, geographic visualization, quantitative methods, location analysis, crime mapping and analysis, and Geo-simulation.





Jeffrey Brewer

Assistant Professor – Adjunct-Ann
Email:  [email protected]
Interests: Adopting an interdisciplinary approach–consisting of archaeology, environmental studies, and remote sensing–to understanding human-environment relations and the evolution of urban landscapes.





Diego Cuadros

Associate Professor
Email: [email protected]
Interests: Medical and health geography, GIS applications in epidemiology, environmental studies, mathematical modeling of infectious diseases, host-pathogen and pathogen-pathogen interactions, health economics assessment





Changjoo Kim

Associate Professor
Email: [email protected]
Interests: Geographic Information Science, Urban Transportation, Networks, Location Analysis, Spatial Modeling addressing theoretical and practical questions in urban and economic geography through the application of GIS methods.





Robert South
Email: [email protected]
Interests: Regional economic development, industrial location, Latin America







Tomasz Stepinski

Thomas Jefferson Chair Professor
Email: [email protected]
Interests: Space Informatics, planetary geomorphology, land change science, remote sensing, GIS