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Faculty Bio

Sperry, Stephen

Sperry, Stephen

Senior Lecturer, City and Regional Planning

Office: 2-127 Lee Hall
Phone: 864-656-3635

M.L.A., Harvard University (1975); B.L.A., Syracuse University (1970)

Curriculum Vitae

Professor Sperry was recognized for outstanding achievement in teaching, research, and service. He is nationally known for his GIS experience where he was a pioneer at Harvard University, where GIS was created. He has spent the majority of his career over seeing the development of a premier software package ERDAS IMAGINE. His achievements have included the first raster-vector integration, the first graphical GIS modeling package, and the first expert systems classifier. He has also testified before Congress on benefits of remote sensing and GIS modeling. Since coming to Clemson, Professor Sperry has produced peer review papers on strategic planning and measuring the consequences of urban sprawl. He was recognized by the US EPA for his approach to teaching sustainable planning and smart growth principles. He has revamped the GIS capabilities in the Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture where he works with planning, landscape architecture, and real estate development students. He has been a major contributor in visualizing and teaching the department's approach to regional design and environmental planning.