Zandiatashbar, Ahoura


Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning

Department of Urban and Regional Planning

College of Social Sciences  




  • 2019 Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Planning and Public Policy

University of Texas at Arlington                                        

  • 2014  Master of Science in Architecture

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

  • 2011   Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering

Shiraz Azad University


Ahoura Zandi(atashbar) is incoming Assistant Professor of GIScience at San José State University (SJSU) where he expands his research in application of geospatial analytical techniques in mapping the U.S. geography of high-tech zones and exploring the role of urban form in equitable robust knowledge economy and innovation productivity of small firms. The results of his research have been presented in multiple journals such as Journal of Planning Education and Research, Journal of Urban Studies, and Cities; and more than 20 presentations and talks. Prior to joining SJSU, Ahoura was Clinical Assistant Professor of geospatial data analysis in Urban Data Visualization Lab (UDVL) at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he was the primary instructor of Geospatial Technology courses and a key member in developing Illinois Map The Count 2020, Illinois COVID-19 Vulnerability, and Chicago’s Tap Water web-maps. Ahoura is the winner of People’s Choice Best Research Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning and First Place Award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency in 2015 Campus RainWorks Challenge.


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