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Kristen S. Kurland

Teaching Professor of Architecture, Information Systems, and Public Policy

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Kristen Kurland has been teaching at Carnegie Mellon University since 1994 and is a Teaching Professor of Architecture, Information Systems, and Public Policy at the Heinz College and School of Architecture.

Professor Kurland's research focuses on interdisciplinary collaborations using geographic information systems (GIS) and spatial analysis. Projects include health, the built environment, economic development, urban design, and sustainability. Her teaching includes building information modeling (BIM), computer aided design (CAD), 3D visualization/animation, computer aided facilities management (CAFM), and GIS. At the Heinz College, she also teaches Infrastructure Management to executive physicians in the Master of Medical Management (MMM) program. She also has a strong interest in distance education and has been teaching on-line courses at CMU since 1999.

Professor Kurland received the Heinz College Martcia Wade award for teaching excellence in 2005. She also received the 1998, 2000, and 2003 Excellence in Education award from Archibus, Inc. for her CAFM teaching programs in the community and at Carnegie Mellon. She is President Elect of the Executive Board of the Andrew Carnegie Society and is the chair of the ACS Scholars committee.

In addition to her full time position at CMU, she is the president of a local consulting firm that has implemented computer technology programs in numerous organizations since 1989. Her clients include architects, engineers, hospitals, universities, corporations, as well as local, state, and federal governments.

Kristen Kurland and her Heinz College colleague, Professor Wil Gorr, have recently written five geographic information systems workbooks and currently they are writing a GIS core concepts textbook for Esri Press.

Selected Publications

“Pediatric Craniofacial Fractures Due to Violence: Comparing Violent and Nonviolent

Mechanisms of Injury”, Alexander F. Mericli, MD,Gary E. DeCesare, MD, Noel S. Zuckerbraun, MD, MPH, Kristen S. Kurland, BA, Lorelei Grunwaldt, MD, Lisa Vecchione, DMD, MDS, and Joseph E. Losee, MD, FACS, FAAP, The Journal of Craniofacial Surgery , Volume 22, Number 4, (July 2011)

“Examination of the built environment and prevalence of obesity: neighborhood characteristics, food purchasing venues, green space and distribution of Body Mass Index” with Dubowitz T, Osypuk T., chapter in S. Babones (ed.), Social Inequality and Public Health (2009)

Chapter 3: “CAD/GIS Integration: Rationale and Challenges,” by Omer Akin with a contribution from Kristen Kurland, in CAD/GIS Integration: Existing and Emerging Solutions Co-Eds Hassan Karimi and Burcu Akinci, Taylor & Francis, CRC Press, December 2009

“Application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Mapping in a Pediatric Obesity Center”, with Tamara S Hannon, MD, Goutham Rao, MD, Dana Rofey, PhD, Fida Bacha, MD, Ingrid M Libman, MD PhD, and Silva Arslanian, MD Weight Management & Wellness Center (WMWC), Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, Pediatric Academic Societies Conference, (2008)

“Evaluating the Relationship of All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Motocross Tracks and Pediatric Injury Using Geographic Information Systems,” with Sohail R. Shah, MD , Noel Zuckerbraun, MD , Kathy Gismondi , Christine J. McKenna, MSN , Marianne Miller, BS, Barbara Gaines, MD , and Jeffrey S. Upperman, MD., abstract and oral presentation, American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition, (2006)

“Application of a Geographic Information System (GIS) to Identify Neighborhoods at High Risk for Severe Pediatric Pedestrian Injuries and the Relation to Green Space Density.” with NS Zuckerbraun, T Songer, K Gismondi and BA Gaines, abstract and poster presentation, Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting Abstracts, Pediatric Research, (April 2006)

“Geographic Information Systems (GIS)”, Pennsylvania Public Health Association (on-line news issue), (Fall 2006)

“How Physician Executives Can Use Geographic Information Systems (GIS)”, American College of Physician Executives, vol. 2, no1., (January 2005)
Architecture and Engineering, Guest Editor, Pittsburgh Engineer Magazine, pages 2-11 (Spring 2004 Edition)

“Curriculum Development for a New Class in Advanced Visualization of Urban Systems and Infrastructures”, (with Ramesh Krishnamurti and Luis Rico-Gutierrez, Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research, (Spring 2004)

“Businesses see importance of facilities management training”, Pittsburgh Business Times (online edition), contributing editor, (Fall 2003)

“Going Back to School: Doctors Learn about Infrastructure Issues”, Health Facilities Management, contributing editor, (August 2002)

“Legal Aid GIS”, with George Tita, University of California Irvine: GIS training publication for Legal Aid Society of North America/Legal Services Corporation, (2003)

“NEELAM:A Networked Environment for Education Learning And More”, Carnegie Mellon University, (with Ramesh Krishnamurti and Luis Rico-Gutierrez), (Fall 2003)

“Information Technology - That's Dr. CIO”, contributing editor, Hospital and Health Networks, 76 (9) : pages 18-20, (2002 September)


BA, University of Pittsburgh