Sources: UIUC Civ­il & Envi­ron­men­tal Engi­neer­ing, UIUC Civ­il and Envi­ron­men­tal Engineering

CEE assis­tant pro­fes­sor Eleft­he­ria Kon­tou has won a Nation­al Sci­ence Foun­da­tion CAREER award. Her project will advance the sci­ence of bidi­rec­tion­al elec­tric vehi­cle (EV) and infra­struc­ture tech­nolo­gies man­age­ment, which enable EVs to serve as mobile ener­gy stor­age resources, pro­vid­ing ser­vices to build­ings and enhanc­ing the resilience of urban ener­gy sys­tems dur­ing pow­er out­ages. CAREER awards, admin­is­tered under the Fac­ul­ty Ear­ly Career Devel­op­ment Pro­gram, are the NSF’s most pres­ti­gious form of sup­port and recog­ni­tion for junior fac­ul­ty who “exem­pli­fy the role of teacher-schol­ars through out­stand­ing research, excel­lent edu­ca­tion and the inte­gra­tion of edu­ca­tion and research with­in the con­text of the mis­sion of their organizations.”

The U.S. Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion Coun­cil of Uni­ver­si­ty Trans­porta­tion Cen­ters (CUTC) has award­ed the CUTC-Cam­bridge Sys­tem­at­ics New Fac­ul­ty Award to assis­tant pro­fes­sor Eleft­he­ria Kon­tou. This award is giv­en annu­al­ly to a tenure-track fac­ul­ty mem­ber in trans­porta­tion edu­ca­tion, in recog­ni­tion of out­stand­ing teach­ing and research con­tri­bu­tions to the trans­porta­tion field.