Dr. Paul Torrens is an Associate Professor in the School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning at Arizona State University, Director of its Geosimulation Research Laboratory, and Senior Sustainability Scientist. He is also an Affiliate in the University’s Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity, as well as the GeoDa Center for Geospatial Analysis and Computation. Paul holds a Ph.D. from University College London (2004), Master’s degrees from Trinity College Dublin (1999) and Indiana University (1998), and a Bachelor’s degree from Trinity College Dublin (1996). He is a member of the Editorial Boards of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Future Internet, Geojournal, the International Journal of Microsimulation, the International Journal of Society Systems Science, Lecture Notes in Mechanics, and Wireless Engineering and Technology. He also serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for Savannah Simulations in Geneva, Switzerland. His projects have been supported by the U.K. Economic and Social Research Council, the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Herberger Foundation, Science Foundation Arizona, Autodesk, Inc., and Alias Research. Paul’s work earned him a Faculty Early Career Development Award from the U.S. National Science Foundation in 2007 and he was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers by President George W. Bush in a ceremony at the White House in 2008. The Presidential Early Career Award is the highest honor that the U.S. government bestows upon young scientists; he is the first geographer to receive the Award.
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