Dr. Patricia Solis
Arizona State University
Dr. Patricia Solís is a Research Associate Professor at Arizona State University’s School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning. She is also the university’s Executive Director of the Knowledge Exchange for Resilience, a campus-wide effort to link community needs with research innovations. She is the Director and a Co-founder of YouthMappers, a consortium of more than 145 universities in over 40 countries that creates and uses open spatial data for humanitarian and development needs in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development. Dr. Solís has developed more than 50 competitively funded projects, totaling more than $9 million, to promote innovations in research and education collaboration. Her international experience includes fostering north-south and south-south academic networks among emerging scholars in 60 countries across Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.
Her research focuses on designing applications of geospatial technologies to address socially relevant challenges, including water resource conflict, climate change induced hazards, and broadening participation in higher education. Dr. Solís’s creative leadership has resulted in new collaborative research methodologies, designs for research-centered learning, and the sustained institutionalization of a public-private global partnership, centered on digital geographic technologies and recognized as a model program by the UN Conference on Sustainable Development. She also serves as the elected and State-Department appointed President of the Geography Commission of the PanAmerican Institute for Geography and History, a body of the Organization of American States. She is a Specialist on the Fulbright Commission Roster of Experts.