Kontou talks to NPR for Northern Colorado and Marketplace!

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 and MSc graduate Wu receive CUTC awards!

Dr. Kontou and Yen-Chu Wu at the 2023 CUTC Awards Banquet.

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 recognized as the Researcher of the Year by the Illinois Alliance for Clean Transportation!

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/.

IACT leadership award to Dr.Kontou

PhD student Zhang selected to present her MUD charging hub research at C3E!

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.

C3E Poster of research led by PhD student Ruolin Zhang; project collaboration University of Illinois Urbana-champaign and Argonne National Laboratory

PhD student Purba publishes alternative fuel vehicle evacuation planning paper in Transportation Research Part C!

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.

Evacuation route designation in D.C.
Photo credit: Dr. Kontou