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We are grateful to have a diverse pool of scientists that strive to complete the Institute’s mission of advancing remote sensing and earth systems, transforming science into innovative products, training scientists and leaders, nurturing business opportunities, fostering inclusive partnerships, and promoting environmental and climate justice.

The CUNY CREST Institute Team wants people to hear the voices of our valued Black/African American scientists!

Current News & Events

CUNY CREST Faculty affiliate, Dr. Hamidreza Norouzi and other Co-PIs, were recently awarded about $1.5 million in funding through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) grant. Dr. Norouzi will be serving as a Co-PI alongside fellow Co-PIs, Muhammad Ummy, Daeho Kang, Masato R Nakamura, and Melanie Villatoro, who will be serving as the Lead PI for this project. All project personnel are associated with The City University of New York (CUNY), New York City College of Technology.

The NSF S-STEM grant aims to encourage academically talented students from low-income populations, to obtain degrees in STEM disciplines, with a focus in the built-environment workforce. The built-environment workforce includes professions with a background in construction, construction management, architecture, civil engineering, electrical, etc. The awarded project, Developing an Ecosystem of STEM Success for Built Environment Majors, seeks to create a solution to the mission set out by the NSF S-STEM grant for the built-environment workforce.

Professors Neal Phillip, Brian Vant-Hull and Paramita Sen were recently awarded the International Research Experience for Students (IRES) National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to conduct research focused on urban pollution in various neighborhoods of Mumbai, and New Delhi, India. One of the neighborhoods featured in the study will include Dharavi, the largest slum in Asia.

The IRES program creates opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and/or graduate science and engineering students participating in conducting international research, education, and professional development experiences in NSF- funded research areas. The project proposed by Dr. Phillip, Dr. Vant-Hull falls under the Track 1 division of the IRES NSF grant, which focuses on the development of research skills in international cohort experiences.

The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (UN) commonly known as (COP26), was the 26th UN Climate Change conference, held in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom (UK), from 31 October to 13 November. COP26 was delayed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is considered the most significant climate change summit since the 2015 COP21 in Paris, France where parties negotiated a landmark agreement to limit the global temperature increase in this century to 2 degrees Celsius while pursuing efforts to limit the increase even further to 1.5 degrees.

COP is a “Conference of the Parties”, an annual UN meeting where almost all countries around the world are invited to come to present their plans for cutting emissions. Ahead of COP26, 200 countries had been asked for their proposals to cut emissions by 2030. The goal has been to keep cutting emissions until they reach net zero by mid-century.

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Grant Opportunities

CUNY CREST High School Initiative in Remote Sensing of the Earth Systems Engineering and Sciences (HIRES)

Applications are now open! Spread the word!
Deadline: March 31st,2022

HIRES is a program within the CREST CUNY Institute which offers high school students an opportunity to work closely with scientists in the field and in labs, collect and analyze data, present at conferences, and more! It’s aim is to provide NYC high school student research experience especially in STEM.

We leverage our connections and resources to increase student recruitment, share experiences and expertise, and identify specific opportunities, challenges, and strategies for effectively supporting students in developing science research skills and competencies. We also jointly develop and implement a set of experiences to support students in developing a shared community and college and career readiness.

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Student Opportunities

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About the CUNY CREST Institute

The CUNY Remote Sensing Earth System Institute, headquartered at the City College of New York, was officially approved by CUNY Board of Trustees in June 2010. The Institute serves as a CUNY-wide Institute of Excellence in Advancement of Earth System Sciences and application of Remote Sensing Technology as well as other emerging technologies. The Institute serves as a major hub of outstanding interdisciplinary research across CUNY colleges. It is designed as a collaborative environment from faculty and scientists from different CUNY campuses to be able to work together in a variety of topics related to earth system sciences including climate change and its impacts on communities. Our collaborative environment enhances the advancement of science at CUNY and will create opportunity to attract external support.