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jang_profile_picture_web_largeAssistant Professor

Faculty Director, Geospatial Center

Ph.D., 2005, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign




Sung-Gheel Jang is the director of Geospatial Center, and the faculty director of the Advanced Graduate Certificate of Geospatial Science and Minor in Geospatial Science (GSS). As a certified GIS Professional (GISP), Dr. Jang teaches both fundamental and applied topics in geospatial sciences/geographic information systems (GIS) including digital cartography, geospatial narratives, GIS design and application I & II, GIS database and design, GIS project management, and geospatial science for the coastal zone. All his courses offer extensive hands-on exercises, and deliver working knowledge and geospatial problem solving skills that students can apply in their future work.

His research interests encompass sharing geospatial information, urban sustainability and public health, and geospatial and human dimension on sustainable development. During summer 2014, Dr. Jang collaborated with an interdisciplinary research team of SoMAS on looking into future climate risks in Long Island funded by New York State Resilience Institute for Storms and Emergencies (NYS RISE), and derived future coastal flood risk maps using GIS.  Recently he is working on developing an online geospatial information portal for teaching and research. As part of this effort, Dr. Jang is currently working with faculty members in the Department of History to implement a FAHSS funded project, Mapping Long Island. Dr. Jang is also participating in a multi-year research project, Cultural Social Map of Latino Long Island (led by Dr. Adrian Melgosa), which will document geospatial narratives of the Latino community in Long Island.

Before joining Stony Book, Dr. Jang taught at the Cleveland State University and served as program coordinator of a graduate certificate program in urban geographic information systems. He received his Ph.D. in Regional Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and both an MA in City Planning and a BS in Landscape Architecture from Seoul National University in South Korea.


Selected Publications

Clark, B. Y., Brudney, J. L., Jang, S.-G. and Davy, B. (2019), Do Advanced Information Technologies Produce Equitable Government Responses in Coproduction? An Examination of 311 Systems in 20 US Cities, The American Review of Public Administration, In Press.

Bokuniewicz, H. and Jang, S. G. (2018), Dredging Intensity: a spatio-temporal indicator for managing marine resources, Environmental Management,

Clark, B. Y., Brudney, J. L. and Jang, S.-G. (2013), Coproduction of Government Services and the New Information Technology: Investigating the Distributional Biases, Public Administration Review, 73: 687–701.

Kim, T. J. and Jang, S.-G. (2012), Ubiquitous Geographic Information, In W. Kresse and D. M. Danko (eds.), Springer Handbook of Geographic Information. Springer, Berlin, pp. 643-656.

Kang, S., Kim, T. J. and Jang, S.-G. (2007), Location-Based Services: Enabling Technologies and a Concierge Service Model, In H. J. Miller (ed.), Societies and Cities in the Age of Instant Access, Springer, Berlin, pp. 227-239.

Lee, S. M., Jang, S.-G., Kim, T. J. and Kang, S. (2007), Integrated Information Systems for Highway Safety Management: Conceptual Design for Interoperability, International Conference on Multimedia and Ubiquitous Engineering (MUE’07), pp. 518-523.

Jang, S.-G. and Kim, T. J. (2006), Modeling an Interoperable Multimodal Travel Guide System using the ISO 19100 Series of International Standards, Proceedings of the 14th ACM International Symposium on Advances in Geographic Information Systems, pp. 115-122.

Sohn, J., Hewings, G. J. D., Kim, T. J., Lee, J. S., and Jang, S.-G. (2004), Analysis of Economic Impacts of an Earthquake on Transportation Network, In Y. Okuyama and S.E. Chang (eds.), Modeling Spatial and Economic Impacts of Disasters, Springer, Berlin, pp. 233-256.

Sohn, J., Hewings, G. J. D., Kim, T. J., Lee, J. S., and Jang, S.-G. (2004), Retrofit Priority of Transport Network Links under an Earthquake, Journal of Urban Planning and Development, 129, pp. 195-210.

Professional Reports

Zhang, M., Bokuniewicz, H, Lin, W, Jang, S.-G., and Liu, P. (2014), NYS RISE Climate Risk Report for Suffolk and Nassau, TR-0-14-01, New York State Institute for Storms and Emergencies.

Jang, S.-G. (2011), Preliminary Working Draft, Geographic information — Ubiquitous public access — Reference model, submitted to Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs, Korea.

ISO 19134, Geographic information — Location Based Services — Multimodal routing and navigation, developed as a leading contributor; published as International Standard by International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in January 2007.


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