Associate Professor of Urban Planning
Achieving Academic Excellence
Sanglim Yoo studies how to use green spaces to reflect heat, reduce energy consumption and keep us all cool and comfortable. Read more.
Sanglim Yoo joined Ball State University as an assistant professor of urban planning in fall 2014 and teaches the theories and application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for urban planners, quantitative research methods and analysis, and regional planning and design studio. Yoo has Bachelor of Science (with honors) and a Master of City Planning Degree from Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, also has Doctor of Philosophy Degree from State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF), with a specialization in environmental and natural resources policy. Before joining BSU, she taught Introduction to GIS at Le Moyne College, Syracuse, NY, worked as a postdoctoral researcher at SUNY ESF, Syracuse, NY, and as a GIS Analyst at Seoul Institute (former Seoul Development Institute), Seoul, Korea.
In CAP, Yoo is determined to educate future urban planners to be active GIS users and creative data analysts. She is focusing on teaching introductory and advanced GIS, its application to urban and regional setting, data analysis, and data visualization. Also, she is eager to share her former work experience as an environmental planner in Seoul. Recently she led a group of students to Seoul where she taught a summer immersive learning course titled Immersive Learning in Korea: Integrating Environment into Urban Planning.
Yoo’s research interests lie in the assessment and quantification of the interactions between the human social systems and the environment especially in urban areas. Her research includes addressing urban heat islands (UHIs) phenomenon and investigating the relationship between UHIs and physical and socioeconomic characteristics of urban areas, economic valuation of urban environmental amenities and resources, the application of landscape ecology theories and indices in economic models, the application of advanced spatial statistical methods and machine learning techniques. Yoo was awarded a research grant from ASPiRE to continue her research on UHIs and heterogeneity of physical and socioeconomic vulnerability of urban areas. She is trying to address this research question in the eyes of urban planners. In fall she will teach an immersive learning course that will examine reusing brownfield locations in Delaware County for solar power collection.