Eleftheria Kontou

Eleftheria Kontou
Eleftheria Kontou
Assistant Professor
1212 Newmark Civil Engineering Bldg

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  • 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


Eleftheria (Ria) Kontou is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 2019. Her research interests include transportation planning, electrification and emerging vehicle technologies operations, as well as transportation and energy sectors interdependencies. Prior to beginning her faculty position at UIUC, she was a postdoctoral research associate at the Transportation and Hydrogen Systems Center of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and conducted research in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her PhD in Civil Engineering, focusing on transportation systems, from the University of Florida. Dr. Kontou holds a MSc from Virginia Tech and a BSc from National Technical University of Athens in Civil Engineering. She is a member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on Alternative Transportation Fuels and Technologies of the National Academies and its Young Member Coordinating Council Chair.

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

Resident Instruction

  • UTM 598: Urban Transportation Models, Fall 2020, Fall 2021, and Fall 2022
  • CEE 201: Systems Engineering and Economics, Spring 2020 and Spring 2022

Research Interests

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

Selected Articles in Journals

Journal Editorships

  • Scientific Reports, Civil Engineering Editorial Board since 2022
  • Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, Editorial Advisory Board (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

  • Chair, Transportation Research Board Young Members Coordinating Council, 2021-2023
  • Transportation Research Board Affiliate
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Associate Member


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

Teaching Honors

  • ISEE Levenick Teaching Sustainability Fellow (2020-21)

Research Honors

  • NSF CAREER Award (2023)

Recent Courses Taught

  • CEE 201 - Systems Engrg & Economics
  • CEE 598 UTM (CEE 598 UTO) - Urban Transportation Models