Md Yousuf Reja is a GIS Program Manager at Texas Community Watershed Partners (TCWP). He develops and tests GIS methodologies for the CHARM mapping platform. His responsibilities include preparation for use in CHARM of state and federal datasets, geospatial analyses, and QA/QC procedures for CHARM data. He is versed in both ArcGIS and CommunityViz software, which he utilizes for community-based long-term community planning and risk analyses. In addition to GIS responsibilities, he also facilitates community workshops to help local officials and stakeholders understand risks specific to their communities and recognize the value of linking planning with a long-term vision for risk reduction.
His research interests are in coastal resiliency planning, disaster and environmental research using geospatial technologies, urban planning, data visualization, and participatory planning. Prior to joining TCWP, Reja worked for the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center as a post-graduate research assistant on wetland resiliency project. Reja worked as a CHARM GIS intern with TCWP for the last six months of his graduate studies at Texas A&M University. As a Graduate Research Assistant for the Center for Texas Beaches and Shores (CTBS), he performed research on hurricane recovery and ecological resilience. Reja obtained his master’s degree in Urban Planning from Texas A&M University. He holds a Master in Urban Design and a Bachelor in Architecture from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology.