Alumni

The PhD in Geography, Planning, and Design is appropriate for those seeking careers in research and teaching, in government, or in professional consulting – all of which require a research specialization. So far, over 60 graduates of the program have become faculty members, postdoctoral scholars, researchers, and consultants. Graduates from our program have received positions at diverse academic and professional organizations, and currently, alumni serve on the faculty of the University of Washington, University of Utah, University of Nebraska, Penn State University, Portland State University, Colorado State University, Middle East Technical University (Turkey), Queensland University of Technology (Australia), and many others. Recent graduates also work for federal agencies including the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), the Federal Reserve Bank, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Others hold prominent research positions abroad in Kenya, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, and elsewhere.

Selected Alumni Profiles

Alessandro Rigolon

Alessandro Rigolon

Previous Education:
B.Arch/M.Arch in Architectural Engineering, University of Bologna
PhD in Architecture, University of Bologna

PhD Year:
2015

Dissertation:
Inequities in Young People's Access to Urban Parks: An Environmental Justice Investigation in Denver

Current Title & Organization:
Assistant Professor, University of Utah

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Dan Piatkowski

Daniel Piatkowski

Previous Education:
BA English, Arizona State University
Master of Urban and Environmental Planning, Arizona State University 

PhD Year:
2013

Dissertation:
Estimating Impacts of Interventions Aimed at Promoting Walking and Cycling
 
Current Title & Organization:
Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska Lincoln

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Debra Cushing

Debra Flanders Cushing

Previous Education:
BLA, Penn State University
MS Restoration Ecology, University of Wisconsin Madison

PhD Year:
2011

Dissertation:
Youth Master Planning in the United States
 
Current Title & Organization:
Associate Professor, Queensland University of Australia

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Enessa Janes

Enessa Janes

Previous Education:
BS Earth Systems, Stanford University
MS Environmental Communication, Stanford University

PhD Year:
2013

Dissertation:
Evaluating Local Hazard Mitigation Planning: Quality, Public Participation, and Social Vulnerability

Current Title & Organization:
Community Resilience Coordinator, City of Arvada

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Kara Luckey

Kara Luckey

Previous Education:
BS Civil Engineering, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and Science

PhD Year:
2017

Dissertation:
Examining Geographies of Opportunity for Households with Limited Means: An Investigation of Transit Accessibility and Housing Affordability in Eight U.S. Metropolitan Areas

Current Title & Organization:
Research Development Officer, Seattle University





Maria Delgado

Maria Delgado

Previous Education:
BA Construction Management, Colorado State University
MArch, University of Colorado Denver

PhD Year:
2018

Dissertation:
A Study of Individual, Public, and Private Sector Factors Affecting Aging in Place Housing Preparedness for Older Adults

Current Title & Organization:
Assistant Professor, Colorado State University

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Mehdi Heris

Mehdi Heris

Previous Education:

BA Urban Planning and Design, University of Tehran
MS Urban and Regional Planning, University of Tehran
MA Planning Research and Theory, University of Sheffield

PhD Year:
2018

Dissertation:
Do Planning and Design Policies and Procedures Matter In Microclimate Management and Urban Heat Mitigation?
 
Current Title & Organization:
Assistant Professor, Hunter College

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Mohammed Alnaim

Mohammed Alnaim

Previous Education:
BA Architecture, Imam Abdulrhamn Bin Faisal University
MArch, University of Colorado Denver

PhD Year:
2020

Dissertation:
Searching for Urban and Architectural Core Forms in the Traditional Najdi Built Environment of the Central Region of Saudi Arabia

Current Title & Organization:
Associate Professor, University of Ha'il 

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Mohammed Bay

Mohammed Bay

Previous Education:
BA Architecture & Building Science, King Saud University
MS Historic Preservation, University of Colorado Denver

PhD Year:
2020

Dissertation:
The Sacred City Assemblage: A Study of the Value-Based Preservation & Heritage Production Process of the Sacred City of Al-Madina

Current Title & Organization:
Assistant Professor, King Saud University

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Nader Afzalan

Nader Afzalan

Previous Education:
BS Urban Planning, University of Tehran
MS Urban and Regional Planning, University of Tehran

PhD Year:
2016

Dissertation:
Participatory Plan-making: Whether and How Online Participatory Tools are Useful

Current Title & Organization:
Senior Planner, California EPA - Air Resources Board

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Nermeen Dalgamoni

Nermeen Dalgamoni

Previous Education:
B.Sc in Architectural Engineering, Al Al-Bayt University
MLA, University of Colorado Denver

PhD Year:
2020

Dissertation:
Food Sovereignty in the Arab World: Understanding Smallholder Farmers Empowerment through Regional Collaborative Strategies

Current Title & Organization:
Assistant Professor, Jordan University of Science and Technology

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Rebecca Colbert

Rebecca Colbert

Previous Education:
BA Landscape Architecture, University of California, Berkeley
MUD, University of Colorado Denver

PhD Year:
2018

Dissertation:
Youth Participation in Planning and the Development of Competence for Environmental Action: A Multiple Case-Study of the Great Outdoors Colorado Inspire Initiative
  
Current Title & Organization:
Landscape Architect and Environmental Design Researcher, MIG Inc. 





Robert Wonnett

Robert Wonnett

Previous Education:
BS, University of Colorado Boulder
MEd, University of Colorado Boulder
JD, University of Denver
MPA, University of Colorado Denver

PhD Year:
2009

Dissertation:
A Place Apart: The Judicial Interpretation of Campus Place as a Public Forum
 
Current Title & Organization:
Scholar In Residence, University of Colorado Colorado Springs

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Travis Flohr

Travis Flohr

Previous Education:
BLA, Penn State
MSLA, Penn State

PhD Year:
2019

Dissertation:
Evaluating the integration of CWPP and county governance wildfire risk reduction best practices across the American West: a plan quality review

Current Title & Organization:
Assistant Professor, Penn State

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Yiping Fang

Yiping Fang

Previous Education:
BA Architecture, Tsinghua University
MS Urban Planning, Tsinghua University

PhD Year:
2005

Dissertation:
Residential Satisfaction Conceptual Framework Revisited: A Study on Redeveloped Neighborhoods in Inner City Beijing
 
Current Title & Organization:
Associate Professor, Portland State University

Yucel Severcan

Yucel Severcan

Previous Education:
BA City and Regional Planning, Middle East Technical University
MS Urban Design, Middle East Technical University

PhD Year:
2012

Dissertation:
Children's attachment to public space in the context of urban regeneration: Effects of children's involvement in planning and design activities
 
Current Title & Organization:
Assistant Professor, Middle East Technical University

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Yuseung Kim

Yuseung Kim

Previous Education:
BA Urban Planning, Yonsei Univ, Seoul, Korea
Master of Regional Planning, Cornell University

PhD Year:
2010

Dissertation:
Dynamics of the Amenity City: An Agent-based Simulation of Neighborhood Location Decision

Current Title & Organization:
Chair, Associate Professor, University of Southern Maine