Sam Cole is a Professor in the Department of Planning (since 1983) and the Department of Geography (from 1993 to 1997) at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and Director of the Center for Regional Studies (from 1988-1993), and former President of the North East Regional Science Association. Prior to this he was at the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex, the United Kingdom Department of Environment, and the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge. He is a member of the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis and the National Center for Earthquake Engineering Research. He has authored and edited several books on global models and futures scenarios including "Models of Doom: A Critique of the Limits to Growth" and "World Futures - The Great Debate", "Worlds Apart: Technology, Distribution and the International Economy", "The Global Impact of Information Technology", and "Global Models and Futures Studies". He was a member of the Council of the World Futures Studies Federation and is North American editor of the journal Futures. Sam has been a consultant to several international agencies including the European Commission, the United Nations Fund for Population Activities, the UNDP African National Long Term Perspectives Studies Project, the UN Commission on Culture and Development, and prepared an Economic Development Plan for the Caribbean island of Aruba. He has recently worked with the UNDP/World Bank Project in China on Sustainable Development for the Yellow River Delta. During the summer of 1999, Sam and two students from the Planning Program assisted the Statistics Department in Aruba to develop a GIS system for the the Island's Year 2000 Census of Population. Three recent project with power utilities are evaluation of the Niagara Mohawk PowerChoice proposals for New York State, the impact of a Cruise Ship Care facility in the Bahamas, and a socio-economic analysis of the role of the Niagara Falls Power Project in the development of Western New York. In Spring 2000 Sam will be working with the Center for Urban Studies to develop on-line economic impact models for inner-city neighborhoods.
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