Currently, Dr. Chen is an Assistant Professor and Experiential Learning Coordinator in the Department of Geography at the University of North Alabama (UNA). His duties are teaching undergraduate and graduate Geographic Information Science (GIS), Remote Sensing, Quantitative Methods and services courses. Prior to UNA, he worked as a GIS Applications Manager for the Informatics Research Institute (IRI) at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL). H led the development of geospatial capacity at IRI including software development, analytics services, and data science in domains of emergency management, healthcare, and business intelligence. Before joining UL Lafayette, he was a Research Hydrologist at AIR Worldwide Crop. headquartered in Boston, MA. He received his Ph.D. in Earth Sciences in 2008 from the University of Memphis.

Research Interests

  • GIS and Big Data Analytics, Water Resources and Hydrologic Modeling, Environmental Hazards


  •   Earth Sciences (PhD)
    The University of Memphis
  •   Physical Geography (MS)
    East China Normal University
  •   Geography (BS)
    East China Normal University

Selected Intellectual Contributions