Dr. Jae Yong Suk receives 2018 Grant for Research Advancement and Transformation (GREAT)

(October 4, 2017) -- Dr. Jae Yong Suk, an assistant professor of architecture in the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) College of Architecture, Construction and Planning (CACP), has been awarded a $20,000 GREAT grant.

The grant supports his project, “Investigation of Street Lighting’s Physical Characteristics and Their Impacts on Public Safety at Night.” The project focuses on documenting street lighting characteristics in a neighborhood of downtown San Antonio which adopts both conventional and new street lighting technologies to test their influences on crime rates and roadway accidents.

With the help of advanced lighting measurement technologies and a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) database, the project will document and analyze quantifiable data of nighttime lighting conditions in relation to public safety. As noted by UTSA’s research areas of excellence, the safety and well-being of our surroundings is one of the key elements to build sustainable communities. The project will generate actionable evidence that can improve existing street lighting guidelines and policies for sustainable community design, transportation, safety, and security.

Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research, GREAT program is designed to provide seed grants to support new areas of research for faculty at UTSA. The primary goal is to assemble preliminary data that can be used to seek extramural funding and advance UTSA’s goal of reaching Tier One status.

According to Dr. Suk, the funding and findings from the project will be used to support applications for extramural support through the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).