Dr. Su-Yin Tan is a Senior Lecturer in the Geomatics Program, Teaching Fellow of the Faculty of Environment, and Director of the Applied Geomatics Research Laboratory at the University of Waterloo, Canada.
She is a Faculty Member and elected member of the Academic Council of the International Space University (ISU). At ISU, she has served in the roles of Core Chair and Space Applications Department Chair for the Space Studies Program (SSP) and lectures at the Masters of Space Studies (MSS) program. She has been active in the ISU community for over 15 years, since SSP03 (Strasbourg).
Dr. Tan's specialisation is in geographic information systems, remote sensing, and spatial data analysis. She is a distinguished Gates Scholar and received her PhD degree from the University of Cambridge (UK), two Masters degrees from Oxford University (UK) and Boston University (USA), and BSc (Env) from the University of Guelph (Canada). She was previously a Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge, Visiting Researcher at the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford (UK), and member of Christ Church College.
Dr. Tan has an interdisciplinary background in the environmental sciences and spatial analysis methodologies in a range of application areas, such as climatology, ecosystem modelling, and remote sensing. In the past decade, she has received over 16 awards and scholarships, including a prestigious Presidential University Graduate Fellowship and Overseas Research Scholarship. Dr. Tan received the prestigious 2014 Outstanding Performance Award for exceptional contributions to teaching and scholarship, which recognizes the top professors at the University of Waterloo.
Originally from Papua New Guinea, she has a diverse international background and built a record of teaching and research excellence in North America, Australia, Asia, South America, and Europe.