Eleftheria Kontou

Eleftheria Kontou
Eleftheria Kontou she/her/hers
  • Assistant Professor
1212 Newmark Civil Engineering Bldg

Primary Research Area

  • Transportation Engineering

Research Areas

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Dr. Kontou is an assistant professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on sustainable and electrified transportation systems planning and management. She received her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida, her MSc from Virginia Tech, and a Diploma from the National Technical University of Athens. She was a postdoctoral research associate at the Transportation and Hydrogen Systems Center of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the City and Regional Planning Department of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a member and the communications coordinator of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on Alternative Fuels and Technologies (AMS40) and the Chair of TRB’s Young Members Coordinating Council. She is a 2023 NSF CAREER awardee, a 2022 Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant Faculty Scholar, a 2021 US Frontiers of Engineering Invited Participant, and an iSEE Levenick Sustainability Teaching Fellow at the University of Illinois. She is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Transportation Research Part D journal and an Early Career Advisory Board member of Transportation Research Part C journal and serves on the Steering Committee of the Illinois Alliance for Clean Transportation.


  • Diploma, Civil Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, 2011
  • MSc, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2013
  • PhD, Civil Engineering, University of Florida, 2016

Academic Positions

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Transportation and Hydrogen Systems Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Jan 2017-Aug 2018
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Aug 2018-Oct 2019
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Oct 2019-Present

Journal Editorships

  • Special Issue TRD Guest Editor: Emerging Solutions and Policies for Transportation Electrification (https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/transportation-research-part-d-transport-and-environment/about/call-for-papers#emerging-solutions-and-policies-for-transportation-electrification), 2023
  • Scientific Reports, Civil Engineering Editorial Board since 2022
  • Transportation Research Part D (TRD): Transport and Environment, Associate Editor (https://www.journals.elsevier.com/transportation-research-part-d-transport-and-environment/editorial-board), since 2022
  • Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, Early Career Editorial Advisory Board (https://www.journals.elsevier.com/transportation-research-part-c-emerging-technologies/editorial-board), since 2021

Professional Societies

  • AAAS, Member, 2021-Present
  • NASEM Transportation Research Board, Young Members Coordinating Council, Chair, 2021-2024
  • NASEM Transportation Research Board Committee of Alternative Transportation Fuels and Technologies (AMS40) of the National Academies, Member and Communications Coordinator, 2021-2023
  • NASEM Transportation Research Board, Affiliate and Exofficio Executive Committee Member
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Associate Member

Research Interests

  • Transportation and Energy Systems Interdependencies
  • Sustainable Emerging Transportation Systems
  • Transportation Electrification Planning and Policy

Primary Research Area

  • Transportation Engineering

Research Areas

Selected Articles in Journals


  • 2023 Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC)-Cambridge Systematics New Faculty Award (2023)
  • 2022 Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant Faculty Scholar (2022-23)

Teaching Honors

  • iSEE Levenick Teaching Sustainability Fellow (2020-21)

Research Honors

  • 2023 INFORMS Chicago IMPACTful OR/Analytics Researcher of the Year (2023)
  • NSF CAREER Award (2023-2028)

Public Service Honors

  • Illinois Alliance for Clean Transportation (IACT) Researcher of the Year Leadership Award (Dec 2022)