Yue ‘Gurt’ Ge is Associate Professor in the School of Public Administration, Faculty Co-lead of the Urban Resilience Initiative (URI), and Joint Faculty in the Center for Resilient, Intelligent and Sustainable Energy Systems (RISES) at the University of Central Florida.

Dr. Ge studies community resilience and urban sustainability through public-private partnerships from an interdisciplinary and community-engaged perspective. Method expertise covers interdisciplinary research design, community-engaged research, quantitative analysis, and geospatial analysis. His research appears in Risk AnalysisPublic Administration Review, Environment and Planning B, Natural HazardsInternational Journal of Mass Emergencies and DisastersInternational Journal of Disaster Risk ScienceInternational Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, Transportation Research Part D, among other academic journals.

He has been involved as a PI or Co-PI on over $5 million in sponsored research. Extramurally funded projects include risk communication enhanced by advanced IT and AI and community partnerships (NSF Smart & Connected Communities), urban resilience and education hubs (NSF Civic Innovation Challenge), uncertainty in hurricane evacuation decision making (NSF Hazards SEES), socioeconomic impacts of satellite-enhanced flooding forecasts (NASA Water Resources Applied Sciences), county-wide disaster resilience plan (EPA Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities), big data analytics to improve education and workforce outcomes (United Negro College Fund & Excelencia in Education), and data syntheses for public health crises (NSF-funded SSEER and CONVERGE, Natural Hazards Center at CU Boulder).

Before joining UCF, Dr. Ge was Assistant Professor and Graduate Coordinator at North Dakota State University. In the School of Public Administration, he has taught Hazard Mitigation and Preparedness, and Disaster Response and Recovery at the undergraduate level; and Urban Resilience, International Emergency and Crisis Management, Managing Emergencies and Crises, and Research Methods for Public Administration at the graduate level.

In 2021, he received an early career award from the Early Career Faculty Innovators Program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), a major facility sponsored by NSF. He is a recipient of the 2022 UCF Reach for the Stars Award, 2022 UCF Excellence in Mentoring Postdoctoral Scholars – Early Career Faculty Award, 2022 UCF Research Incentive Award. In 2023-2024, he is a UCF Faculty Cluster Initiative (FCI) Fellow. He is an active UCF faculty representative in the steering committees for community resilience and smart cities with the City of Orlando and Orange County.

  • Texas A&M University, PhD in Urban & Regional Science, 2013
  • China Academy of Urban Planning & Design, MEng in Urban Planning & Design, 2003
  • Peking University, BS in Urban & Regional Planning, 2000