2018 Incoming Grad Series: Evgeny Noi

by Daina Tagavi, Professional Development Peer
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 9:00 AM

The 2018 Incoming Grad Series continues, featuring backstories and fun facts on 8 students who are part of our most diverse incoming class in recent memory.

Evgeny Noi is coming to UCSB with his wife, Alexandra (who will be featured tomorrow), from Russia to pursue his Ph.D. in Geography. Evgeny was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Iowa and interned at the United Nations. He also holds a M.A. in Sustainable Project Management from the University of Malmo in Sweden. Evgeny is excited to begin his studies at UCSB, where he hopes to help solve mobility and health care challenges in urban places.

Read on to learn more about ​Evgeny's ​background and some of his "chilling" fun facts.


Evgeny was born on Lake Baikal in Siberia, ​a wonderful, watery part of the world that steered his research interests towards ecology, geography and political history. He further developed these aspirations at the Department of World History at Irkutsk State University. After graduating, he interned in municipal administration and picked up a strong interest in urban planning, which he decided to turn into a career. As a Fulbright scholar, he started pursuing his master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Iowa and also fulfilled his dream of interning at the United Nations. He then moved to Moscow to work in transportation consultancy and then to Sweden to study as a Visby scholar. After that, he worked for the Moscow City Government to carry out large-scale impact modeling of a proposed property taxation reform. This investigation institutionalized a Big Data Division to inform major political decisions. For the past two years, Evgeny has been studying intracity migration flows and K12-student commuting patterns, and fire hazards.


Evgeny chose UCSB because it offers a top doctoral program in Geography as well as an opportunity to work on his research aspirations with the brightest, award-winning faculty in the field. He writes that "UCSB can provide [him] with a testing ground where [he] can successfully develop innovative research cases in CyberGIS" (an interdisciplinary field combining cyberinfrastructure, e-science, and geographic information science and systems).



Evgeny hopes to find new ways of using various types of geospatial data (location-based social media, GPS, wearables, sensor and cell phone data) to solve mobility and health care challenges in urban places, while also improving the lives of elder cohorts of the population.



Evgeny enjoys exploring new cities, rivers and mountains, taking long train rides and car drives, and binge-watching modern TV-shows.

Evgeny told us that he made his first $5 ​working at a metal shop with his father when he was 12. He also survived wintertime temperatures of -70 degrees F while working on a drilling pad in East Siberia. When he was younger, Evgeny used to take three-day Trans-Siberian train rides to visit his grandmother.

Welcome, ​Evgeny!

Be sure to subscribe to the GradPost and check back each day until the start of classes for the continuation of our Incoming Grad Series. Last but not least is Alexandra Noi, who is married to Evgeny and is also coming to UCSB from Russia to pursue her Ph.D.