Professor Kurland’s research focuses on interdisciplinary collaborations in health, the built environment, and spatial analysis using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). She works closely with CMU’s Heinz College, School of Architecture, and Civil and Environmental Engineering colleagues and students on health, urban design, economic development, sustainability, and IT issues. She actively collaborates with Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health, and many public health departments.

Professor Kurland’s teaching at Carnegie Mellon University includes building information modeling (BIM), computer aided design (CAD), 3D visualization, computer aided facility management (CAFM), and GIS. At the Heinz College, she also teaches infrastructure management to executive physicians in the Master of Medical Management (MMM) program and is a faculty advisor for Heinz College Health Care Management and Policy Systems Synthesis projects. She has a strong interest in technology-enhanced learning and has been teaching online courses since 1999. Her distance courses are taught in the Heinz College MMM, Master of Science of Information Technology (MSIT), and Adelaide Australia programs.

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

Professor Kurland is also the co-author of a series of best-selling GIS workbooks for Esri, Inc. the world’s leading GIS software developer, including GIS Tutorial 1 Basic Workbook, GIS Tutorial for Health, and GIS Tutorial for Crime Analysis.

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BA, University of Pittsburgh