Faculty and Staff

Director John Renne
John Renne, Ph.D., AICP
Associate Professor and
Director, Center for Urban & Environmental Solutions
(561) 297-4281
Curriculum Vitae
Dr. Renne’s current research concerns Transit Oriented Development & The Last Mile and Policy Choices for a Multimodal Future. He is Program Coordinator, Bachelor of Urban Design and Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning at the School of Urban & Regional Planning. Dr. Renne is an Honorary Research Associate of the Transport Studies Unit at University of Oxford.

CUES Faculty Affiliates

Louis Merlin, PhD,

Assistant Professor,
School of Urban & Regional Planning

(561) 297-4166
Curriculum Vitae
Dr. Merlin’s current research concerns how to better integrate transportation and land use through the development of accessibility-based performance measures and tools, as well as the implications of self-driving cars for the transportation sustainability.
Colin Polsky, PhD
Professor of Geosciences,
Director of the Florida Center for Environmental Studies

(954) 236-1104
Curriculum Vitae
Dr. Polsky serves as director of the Florida Center for Environmental Studies (CES) with the vision of improving Florida's sustainability through research, education and outreach on wetlands ecology and coastal resilience. CES collaborates with CUES on the FAU Incubator for Sustainable & Resilient Cities.
Jeffrey E. Huber, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Assistant Professor
School of Architecture

(954) 762-5654
Curriculum Vitae
Dr. Huber's work focuses on interdisciplinary public work projects that combine ecological, landscape, urban, and architectural design. He is currently researching issues of sea level rise in south Florida and has established over a quarter of a million dollars in grant funding in that effort through the National Endowment of the Arts and Florida Sea Grant programs.

CUES Staff & Graduate Students

Serena Hoermann, MBA
Communications Coordinator, SURP/CUES
(561) 799-8554
Serena Hoermann joined SURP/CUES in 2017 to support communications and community engagement efforts. One current project, the Urban Stories Festival, uses storytelling to build community through its theme: West Palm Beach--what was, what is, what could be. Since 2014 she has supported FAU's Florida Center for Environmental Studies (CES), most recently as coordinator for the Florida Climate Institute.
Aubrey Craun
Web Developer
School of Urban & Regional Planning

(561) 297-4165
Aubrey Craun is the primary web developer for the College for Design and Social Inquiry. He started doing web development for the College in 2000 while finishing up his B.Arch degree coursework at FAU’s School of Architecture. He has over 15 years of experience in front-end development. His responsibilities are creating and maintaining all department websites within the College, including development of interactive database driven web applications.
Estefania MayorgaEstefanía Mayorga, MURP Student
Evacuation Preparedness Poster
Estefanía Mayorga galvanized an unremitting interest in the integration of transportation and land use planning from her travels to Bogotá, Colombia, witnessing a city transforming through innovative prescriptions, such as the TransMilenio system and transit-oriented densification. Currently obtaining her Master of Urban Planning at Florida Atlantic University, she remains fascinated by how cities and urban solutions are never static as she continues her research at CUES.
Tyler WoolseyTyler Woolsey, MURP StudentTyler Woolsey began research for the Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions in June 2017 with a focus on Transit Oriented Development and Multimodal Transportation using GIS. He works as a Land Use Planner for Greenspoon Marder Law Firm while pursuing degrees in Urban & Regional Planning at Florida Atlantic University.