Dr. Eleftheria (Ria) Kontou

Eleftheria Kontou (professional picture)
Eleftheria (Ria) Kontou, PhD
Assistant Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
205 N. Mathews Avenue
Room 1212 Newmark CE Lab
Urbana IL 61801 USA
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Dr. Kontou’s research interests are in sustainable transportation systems, electrified and emerging mobility planning and operations, as well as transportation and energy sectors interdependencies.


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 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 a 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.