Dr. Robert Chen
Dr. Robert “Bob” Chen is the Director of the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) at the Earth Institute at Columbia University. He manages the NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC) and leads diverse activities on sustainable development data and indicators, spatial population and settlement data, environment and security, and data sharing and stewardship. He received his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his M.S. and B.S. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.