Director of the Center for Geospatial Analytics
NC State UniversityRoss Meentemeyer is the director of the Center for Geospatial Analytics at NC State University. He provides strategic direction and oversight for the Center’s programs and initiatives in research and academics. He joined NC State in 2013 as a Chancellor's Faculty Excellence Program cluster hire and is a faculty member in the College of Natural Resources. He has been principal investigator of numerous research grants totaling over $15M, including two decades of continuous funding from the National Science Foundation. His projects catalyze the creation of interdisciplinary teams of data scientists––from the natural and social sciences, engineering, and design––who are collaborating on grand societal challenges, such as controlling the spread of infectious disease and creating smart and connected cities. Previously, Ross was a professor of geography and executive director of the Center for Applied Geographic Information Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Ross received his Ph.D. in geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He currently serves as president of the US-International Association of Landscape Ecology (2016–18).