CREST’s Executive Director, Dr. Reza Khanbilvardi has been appointed as the Director of Earth System Sciences and Environmental Engineering at City College of New York. Earth System and Environmental Engineering (ESE) program is a multidisciplinary program designed to provide a broader foundation in engineering and sciences, allowing students to take classes in multiple departments.  For additional information visit

ESE allows students to focus their studies more on environmental issues as compared to other traditional engineering or science departments and programs. ESE provides a solid interdisciplinary curriculum that is necessary for creating real-world solutions to local, regional, and global environmental challenges. This helps in meeting societal demands for freshwater resources, safe air quality, and sustainable energy without causing adverse impact on the Earth’s resources. ESE faculty are involved in cutting-edge research with government agencies like National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), United States Department of Education (USDOE), National Science Foundation (NSF), New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP), and industry leaders such as Raytheon and Lockheed Martin, among others. Students majoring in the ESE program will benefit from research activities in the fields of climate impacts, air pollution, water resources, waste management, stormwater management, land preservation, vegetation health and many more environmental fields. 

Dr. Reza Khanbilvardi, a Licensed Professional Engineer in New York, and Connecticut, is the Founding Executive Director of CUNY Remote Sensing of the Earth Institute ( CREST Institute) since 2010, and Founding Director of NOAA-Cooperative Science Center (2001-2021) at the CCNY. He is also Editor-In-Chief of International Journal for Water (InderScience Publications). Dr. Khanbilvardi has worked extensively with agencies like NOAA, NASA, NSF, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), United Nations (UN), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Civilian Research and Development Foundation (CRDF). Dr. Khanbilvardi obtained his Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from Shiraz University, Masters of Science in Environmental Engineering, Doctoral in Civil Engineering/Water Resources Engineering and Post Doctoral award in Water Resources from the Pennsylvania State University.