Organization honors OSC leader as a model planner

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Feb 4, 2010) — 

Steven I. Gordon, interim co-executive director of the Ohio Supercomputer Center, has been honored by the American Institute of Certified Planners with the announcement of his selection to its College of Fellows.

Gordon will be inducted in April at the American Planning Association (APA) Conference in New Orleans. APA is a nonprofit education and membership organization whose members include practicing planners, planning students, elected and appointed officials, planning commissioners and interested citizens. The American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is the APA’s professional institute, “providing recognized leadership nationwide in the certification of professional planners, ethics, professional development, planning education, and the standards of planning practice.”

Steve Gordon, Ph.D.
Steve Gordon, Ph.D.

Fellows of AICP are honored “in recognition of the achievements of the planner as an individual, elevating the Fellow before the public and the profession as a model planner who has made significant contributions to planning and society.”

The Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) is a statewide, high performance computing center that offers Ohio researchers access to sophisticated computing, storage and software, as well as cyberinfrastructure and education resources.

As senior director of Education and Client Support, Gordon oversees training programs for OSC users and leads workshops for undergraduate faculty and graduate students at OSC and national conferences. He has played a significant role in several OSC education programs in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics for high school and middle school students, including the Summer Engineering STEM Academy and Young Women’s Summer Institute.

Gordon is the founding director of the center’s Ralph Regula School of Computational Science, a virtual school that coordinates inter-disciplinary, inter-institutional programs for computational science education. The school features programs that lead to a baccalaureate minor, associate concentration and workforce certification. In 1997-2003, Gordon served as deputy director of OSC.

As a professor of City and Regional Planning at The Ohio State University, Gordon teaches courses in geographic information systems and environmental modeling and undertakes research in watershed modeling and management. Gordon’s research applies models of storm water runoff and water quality to the analysis of watershed management and the applications of communications technology to distance education.

Gordon graduated cum laude from State University of New York at Buffalo with a bachelor’s degree in geography. At Columbia University, he earned a master’s degree and doctorate in geography with a specialization in environmental systems.


The Ohio Supercomputer Center is a catalytic partner of Ohio universities and industries that provides a reliable high performance computing infrastructure for a diverse statewide/regional community. Funded by the Ohio Board of Regents, OSC promotes and stimulates computational research and education in order to act as a key enabler for the state's aspirations in advanced technology, information systems, and advanced industries. For additional information, visit