M.S. Civil Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, 2003
Diploma Civil Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece, 2001
My research experience lies in the application of economic concepts and statistical methods to problems and decisions in the transportation field. My research interests include: transportation planning and systems evaluation; transportation economics; transportation energy and sustainability; highway safety; and (critical) infrastructure management. My research work has contributed greatly to an enhanced understanding of the relationship between transportation and economic development; I have evaluated the impacts of highway infrastructure investments, implementation of behavioral safety countermeasures, and adoption of pricing or tax policies; I have developed advanced econometric models for the analysis and forecasting of travel demand; and successfully organized an active multidisciplinary research program involving the sustainability and resilience of transportation and energy systems.
My research interests and experience have been mostly interdisciplinary. Currently, I am collaborating with faculty in other departments in the College of Engineering in the 21st Century National Energy and Transportation Infrastructures Balancing Sustainability, Costs, and Resiliency (NETSCORE-21) research project. The goal of this research is to formulate optimal infrastructure designs in terms of future power generation technologies, energy transport and storage, and hybrid electric transportation systems with balance in sustainability, costs, and resiliency. This project is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) via the solicitation on Emerging Frontiers on Research and Innovations (EFRI) Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructures (RESIN) program.
I also have collaborated with faculty in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and an industry consortium on research in the areas of harvest, storage and transportation (HST) of biomass. Addressing HST issues is essential to the success of converting petroleum-based liquid fuels to bio-based liquid fuels. Furthermore, understanding the impacts of the development of the bio-based liquid fuels and wind power industries on highway infrastructure is essential to address the infrastructure support needs of these industries in a sustainable manner and ensure their long-run competitiveness. This was the topic of another research project, funded by the Iowa Highway Research Board, that investigates the physical and fiscal impacts of substituting imported energy with local and renewable resources (wind, biomass) in Iowa.
My past research work on highway safety includes: developing a safety planning tool for the City of Ames; evaluating Iowa's driver improvement program; evaluating the effectiveness of the localized deer herd management plans in reducing deer-vehicle crashes; and improving motorcycle safety in Iowa by enhancing motorcycle conspicuity awareness. Currently, I pursue an initiative to produce a culture of safety in the state of Iowa.
Honors and Awards
Engineering Student Council Outstanding Club Advisor Award, College of Engineering, Iowa State University, 2012
Schafer Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research, and Service, Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, Iowa State University, 2011
ASCE ExCEEd Fellow, 2008
C.V. Wootan Memorial Award for outstanding Ph.D. dissertation in Policy and Planning, Council of Transportation Centers, 2007
IRF Executive Leader Fellow, International Road Federation, 2005
Tau Beta Pi, inducted 2006
ENO Foundation for Transportation Fellow, 2005
Gerondelis Foundation Graduate Study Scholarship, 2005
Edward J. Cox Memorial Transportation Award, Indiana Section of Institute of Transportation Engineers, 2005
Ross Fellow, Purdue University, 2003
Transportation Research Forum Student Paper Award, 2003
Lavrenz, S., and K. Gkritza, “Environmental and Energy Impacts of Automated Electric Highway Systems,” Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems, Special Issue on Applications for the Environment and Energy Conservation (in press).
Rentziou, A., K. Gkritza, and R. Souleyrette, “VMT, Energy Consumption, and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Forecasting for Passenger Transportation,” Transportation Research Part A, 46(3), 487–500 (2012).
Zhang, W., K. Gkritza, N. Keren, and S. Nambisan. “Age and Gender Differences in Conviction and Crash Occurrence Subsequent to Being Directed to Iowa's Driver Improvement Program,” Journal of Safety Research, 42(5), 359–365 (2011).
Gkritza, K., I. Nlenanya, W. Jiang, R. Sperry, and D. Smith, “Infrastructure Impacts of Iowa’s Renewable Energy,” Transportation Research Record, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2205, 238–246 (2011).
Boeckenstedt, R., K. Gkritza, R.R. Souleyrette, and S. Nambisan, “Implications of Bioeconomy-based Fuel Production to the Transportation Infrastructure in Iowa,” Transportation Research Record, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2191, 84–89 (2010).
Anastasopoulos, P.C., B. G. McCullouch, K. Gkritza, F. L. Mannering, and K. C. Sinha, “Cost Savings Analysis of Performance-based Contracts for Highway Maintenance Operations,” ASCE Journal of Infrastructure Systems, 16(4), 251–263 (2010).
Gkritza, K., C.R. Kinzenbaw, S. Hallmark, and N. Hawkins, “An Empirical Analysis of Farm Vehicle Crash Injury Severities on Iowa’s Public Road System,” Accident Analysis and Prevention, 42(4), 1392–1397 (2010).
Gkritza, K., “Modeling Motorcycle Helmet Use in Iowa: Evidence From Six Roadside Observational Surveys,” Accident Analysis and Prevention, 41(3), 479–484 (2009).
Gkritza, K. and S. Labi, “Estimating Cost Discrepancies in Highway Contracts: A Multi-step Econometric Approach,” ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 134(12), 953–962 (2008).
Gkritza, K., S. Labi, F.L. Mannering and K.C. Sinha, “Influence of Highway Construction Projects on Economic Development: An Empirical Assessment,” The Annals of Regional Science, 42(3), 545–563 (2008).
Gkritza, K., and F.L. Mannering, “Mixed Logit Analysis of Safety Belt Use in Single- and Multi-occupant Vehicles,” Accident Analysis and Prevention, 40(2), 443–451 (2008).
Gkritza, K., D. Niemeier, and F.L. Mannering, “Airport Security Screening and Changing Passenger Satisfaction: An Exploratory Assessment,” Journal of Air Transport Management, 12(5), 213–219 (2006).
Wu. D., D.C. Aliprantis, and K. Gkritza, “Electric Energy and Power Consumption by Light-duty Plug-in Electric Vehicles,” IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, 26(2), 738–746 (2011).
Rentziou, A., C. Milioti, K. Gkritza, and M.G. Karlaftis, “Urban Road Pricing: Modeling Public Acceptability,” ASCE Journal of Urban Planning and Development, 137(1), 56–64 (2011).
Gkritza, K., M.G. Karlaftis, and F.L. Mannering, “Estimating Multimodal Transit Ridership under a Varying Fare Structure,” Transportation Research Part A, 45(2), 148–160 (2011).
Gkritza, K., M. Baird, and Z. Hans. “Deer-Vehicle Collisions, Deer Density and Land Use in Iowa's Urban Deer Herd Management Zones,” Accident Analysis and Prevention, 42(6), 1916–1925 (2010).
Gkritza, K., I. Golias, and M.G. Karlaftis, “Estimating Elasticities for Public Transport Demand in Athens, Greece: A Time Series Analysis,” Journal of the Transportation Research Forum, 43(2), 53–68 (2004).