About

Kevin Mwenda

I am an avid Geographic Information Scientist (GIScientist) with a broad interdisciplinary academic & work experience encompassing Environmental Studies & Engineering Sciences, Bio & Geo[Spatial] Statistics, basically GIScience writ large. I am currently a Ph.D candidate in the Human-Environment Dynamics (HED) Laboratory at the Geography Department, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) focusing on Applied Spatial Statistics towards Public Health research, Spatial Epidemiology & Spatial Demography. My current dissertation work explores spatial associations between Child Undernutrition and Malaria Endemicity in Kenya.

I am currently the Lab Manager & Applied Methods Consultant for the Social Demography Lab at the UCSB Broom Center for Demography, Lead Teaching Assistant and an Instructor of Record for several courses at the UCSB Geography Department.

Research Interests

  • Applied (Geo)Spatial Statistics
  • Data Science
  • Geographic Information Science (GIScience)
  • Machine Learning
  • Public Health
  • Spatial Demography
  • Spatial Epidemiology

Education

Ph.D., Geographic Information Science & Cartography, University of California, Santa Barbara (In Progress)

M.A., Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara (2014)

B.A. (Honors), Environmental Studies; minor in Engineering Sciences, Dartmouth College (2010)

Employment History

Lab Manager, Broom Center for Demography, UCSB (2014 – Present)

GIS/Spatial Analysis Specialist, Dartmouth College (2010 – 2012)

Research Assistant, Computational Genetics Lab, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (2007 – 2010)