The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Department would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest faculty member Dr. Eleni Christofa.
Dr. Eleni Christofa will join the department on September 1, 2012 as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Christofa is a recent graduate of the University of California, Berkeley where she earned both her Ph.D. and Master’s degrees. She also attended the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), in Greece and earned her Diploma in Civil Engineering with specialization in Transportation Engineering.
Her main research areas of interest are Intelligent Transportation Systems, Traffic Operations and Control, Sustainable Infrastructure Management, Public Transportation Systems and Incident Detection and Management. Dr. Christofa is interested in developing a lab that will focus on more efficient and sustainable traffic management strategies for urban transportation networks. With the main interest being the use of signal control systems that are widely available in cities to better manage multimodal traffic in order to mitigate congestion and the related externalities, i.e., increased travel time, emissions, etc.
Dr. Christofa plans on using advanced teaching techniques and incorporating new technologies in the classroom. Her goal is to educate the future generations of engineers to become independent thinkers who are able to solve real-world problems and develop innovative solutions through research.
Dr. Christofa said “Although the cold snowy winter will be a new challenge for me, I am excited and look forward to be joining the UMass CEE faculty and a growing and very dynamic department.”