I am an assistant professor in the Department of Geography, Planning, and Environment at East Carolina University (ECU). I earned a Ph.D. degree in Geography and Geographic Information Science (GIS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My doctoral dissertation was recognized with the Jacques May Prize from the American Association of Geographers (AAG) for the best dissertation addressing themes in health and medical geography.
I have received multiple awards, grants, and fellowships to support my research, including a National Science Foundation (NSF)’s Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, AAG Dissertation Research Grant, Block Grant Fellowship from Graduate College of University of Illinois (2016-2017, 2018-2019), Messina Stanley Graduate Scholarship, and Pilot Project Grant from the Center for Human Health and the Environment at North Carolina State University. I was also selected as a 2020-2021 cohort of Engagement and Outreach Scholars Academy (EOSA) at East Carolina University, where I am conducting a research project that aims to engage environmental justice communities for real-time air quality monitoring.
I published papers in peer-reviewed journals, such as the Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, Health & Place, International Journal of Health Geographics, and International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. I have received several paper awards, including the 1st place in the Spatial Analysis and Modeling Specialty Group Student Paper Competition at the 2018 AAG Annual Meeting, 1st place in the GIS Specialty Group Student Paper Competition at the 2016 AAG Annual Meeting, Student Paper Award from the Korean-American Association for Geospatial and Environmental Sciences in 2017, 1st place in the AAG Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group Student Paper Competition in 2014, and 3rd place in the Korea Environment Institute International Student Paper Competition in 2015.
During the next five to ten years, I hope to continue to reveal how individuals interact with multiple environmental/social factors when they move around and how such complex interactions influence their health by developing and using advanced geospatial and mobile sensing technologies.