Interested in joining our group?

Highly motivated individuals with strong quantitative/computational skills who are interested in pursuing a CEE PhD and MSc degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and conduct research on sustainable transportation systems are encouraged to apply here! Please indicate your desire to work with Dr. Eleftheria (Ria) Kontou in your application.

New Opportunity – Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program

NASA’s Illinois Space Grant Consortium (ILSGC) is happy to announce its 21st Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) will take place in the summer of 2024. UROP is a program designed to cultivate and support research partnerships between University of Illinois undergraduates and faculty members. All projects focus on NASA-related science and/or engineering research.  I want to invite highly motivated undergraduates to apply to participate in UROP. Apply here https://isgc.aerospace.illinois.edu/students/undergraduate-research-opportunities-program/ by January 15 2024!

Kontou Research Group’s Project Description: 

The proposed research aims to solve the complex energy supply problem with deployed air and ground vehicles in both safe and disrupted environments. The undergraduate research assistants will assist with developing a novel decision-support framework for planning and managing adaptive transportation systems for such multimodal energy logistics. The project sets out to develop optimization models for a bi-directional energy supply logistics network, where electric ground and aerial vehicles can supply backup power to various customers, a practice extremely useful in humanitarian and hazard recovery conditions.

Student Information: The students should have a basic familiarity with optimization models (particularly deterministic ones), facility planning, systems engineering, and scientific computing (having fundamental experience coding in Python).