Dr. Kontou discussed the importance of rural charging infrastructure deployment at NPR for Northern Colorado https://www.kunc.org/news/2023-01-10/the-toughest-stretch-rural-colorado-and-the-push-to-electrify-our-roads and the Marketplace https://www.marketplace.org/shows/marketplace-tech/rural-communities-are-slow-to-adopt-evs-but-a-national-charging-network-depends-on-them/! EV fast charging stations are needed in rural roads for intercity long-distance travel and we could see adoption spillovers.
Dr. Kontou received the CUTC – Cambridge Systematics New Faculty Award by the US Department of Transportation Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC). This award is given annually to a tenure-track faculty member in transportation education, recognizing outstanding teaching and research contributions to the transportation field. Yen-Chu Wu, who received her MSc under the advisement of Prof. Kontou and is currently a PhD student at MIT, was also recognized for her MSc thesis “Designing Electric Vehicle Incentives to Meet Emission Reduction Targets.” Yen-Chu received the Charley V. Wootan Memorial Award for the best Master’s thesis in the field of policy and planning in transportation studies!
Dr. Kontou received an NSF CAREER award! Our group will study electrified transportation systems with management of bidirectional energy exchanges and infrastructure deployment for urban environmental sustainability, equity, and resilience! More information on the CAREER award’s scope can be found here.
Our research group looks forward to presenting during the upcoming 2023 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting (#2023TRBAM)! Great opportunity to catch up with our sustainable and electrified transportation research and get to know our amazing students and graduates!
On December 6th, the Illinois Alliance for Clean Transportation (IACT) recognized sustainable transportation leaders, including Prof. Kontou who was named the Researcher of the Year. Prof. Kontou was recognized for her contributions in research that helped with the planning process of electric vehicle infrastructure siting in Illinois. Find more information here: https://il-act.org/illinois-alliance-for-clean-transportation-iact-recognizes-sustainable-transportation-leaders/.
Congratulations to Denissa Purba for being recognized for her work on evacuation route planning for alternative fuel vehicles! Her poster was among the 9 finalists out of a pool of more than 200 posters!
Ruolin Zhang, PhD student, recently passed her qualifying exam! She was also selected to present her research on multi-unit dwelling (MUD) charging hub management and techno-economic assessment during the Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Initiative event in DC, which advances women’s leadership in clean energy! Find more information on the C3E event here https://c3e.org/2022-c3e-symposium; you can access the preprint of Ruolin’s research here https://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4246024.
Dr. Kontou was invited to present her DOE-funded research on management and techno-economic assessment of community charging hubs at multi-unit dwellings on September 30, 2022.
Congrats to my fantastic graduate students, Shanshan Liu and Yen-Chu Wu, for winning Greater Chicago Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) scholarships 👏 Feels great to mentor promising young scholars in the field of sustainable transportation systems!
How can we evacuate with alternative fuel vehicles? PhD student, Denissa Purba, shows that conventional evacuation plans are infeasible for electric vehicles, particularly those with low driving range. Purba and Drs. Kontou and Vogiatzis develop an optimization model that designates evacuation routes for gasoline, electric, and other alternative fuel vehicles, which can be concurrently followed during preemptive evacuations. We recommend that evacuation coordinators and emergency planners design routes that minimize the system’s evacuation time, are seamless in that they eliminate forking and evacuees’ divergence, apply contraflow principles so that each road in the network can be used at maximum capacity, and provide reliable access to charging and refueling infrastructure. Our research paper is openly published at Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trc.2022.103837.