Ph.D., Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1985
B.A., Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1979
By being trained in and conducting quantitative geographic research since the mid-1970s, by implementing economic models since 1980, and by teaching more than a dozen computer science courses since 1988, Dr. Costanzo gained both academic and applied expertise in all phases of software development across many varied computing environments.
His publications include 19 papers in scholarly journals and refereed books, and he’s had 22 papers presented at professional conferences, symposia, and meetings. Most of Dr. Costanzo's research, however, is in urban and regional modeling, a field that bridges Geography and Computer Science.
He teaches programming skills and concepts for the Department.
As a Lecturer, Dr. Costanzo is responsible solely for teaching and related departmental duties. His research is mostly in conjunction with an environmental consulting firm that employs him part-time. He specifies, collects and organizes social and economic data from both primary and secondary sources. He performs statistical and other data exploration and analysis tasks. He develops analytical models, including their specification, design, implementation, testing and deployment. Often he applies these models to assess the social and economic consequences of public and private development projects. His assessments have been published in more than 30 environmental documents, and in more than 60 technical reports.
Honors and Awards
Outstanding Faculty Member awarded by The Residence Halls Association and The Office of Residential Life, 2001-2002 and 2004-2005