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SCI2 Executive Director

 

VICTOR GOLDSMITH, Ph.D.


Victor Goldsmith is the Executive Director of SCI2 and Associate Provost for Research and Economic Development at Pace University. As such, he is in charge of all external university research proposal submissions, and of the SCI2 business incubator at the university and in Yonkers, NY for 20 startup and early stage companies. Formerly, he was Coordinator of Incubator Development at Hunter College, Director of the CUNY-wide Center For Applied Studies of the Environment of the City University of New York, and Professor in the Dept. of Geography at Hunter College . He served as Acting Dean of Research at Hunter for two years, and has also served on two New York State Governor's Coastal Erosion Task Forces, the NY/NJ Harbor Oil Spill Oversight Advisory Panel, and the NY State Task Force on Petroleum Spill Emergency Environmental Protection Plans. He has received the NASA Achievement Award for “Outstanding Contributions for developing...computer efficient models for studying shelf waves...”. He has served in an advisory capacity to former Police Commissioners Bratton and Safir, as a Co-Chair of an NYPD/CUNY GIS Technology Committee, where he assisted in developing new methodologies in computer crime mapping and analyses, police training in crime mapping, and new technological developments. A pioneering book , "Analyzing Crime Patterns: Frontiers of Practice" has resulted from seven years of these joint NYPD/CUNY efforts. Concomitantly, he has been studying mitigation of natural and man-made disasters, having been the co-Convener of an international three day meeting on this subject with funding from the Federal Emergency Management Office (FEMA). A second meeting was held in January 2003, “Urban Hazards Forum 2: New Leadership Challenges for Homeland Security.

Dr. Goldsmith obtained his B.S. from Brooklyn College in Geology in 1962, his M.S. in Oceanography from Florida State University in 1966, and his Ph. D. in Geology, specializing in coastal processes, from the University of Massachusetts in 1972. Additional recent research involves the application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to a variety of projects, including, choosing a new site for the dumping of material dredged from New York Harbor (supported by the US Army Corps of Engineers), the analysis of toxics in Newark Bay, analysis of NYC's open space and natural resources (funded by NYC DEP), NYC watershed analyses and developing a GIS data base, and development of a NYC GIS data base for propagation modeling for NYNEX Science and Technology. He has appeared on radio (WCBS), on television (CNN, WABC, CNBC, and CUNY-TV), and on a live internet broadcast (Court-TV).

 

 

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