Nikiforos Stamatiadis is a Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Kentucky. He has been involved both in teaching and research in the field of transportation engineering since 1984. Several of his courses involve design elements and roadway design focusing on rural highways and urban streets while addressing the needs of all facility users (drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists) and developing contextually appropriate designs. His research expertise includes roadway design and safety, traffic modeling, accommodation of non-motorized users, and human factors. He has been successful in securing research funds from the National Academy of Sciences as well from local, national and international agencies. He was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship (2017) where he conducted research and teaching at the University of Catania, Catania, Italy, participated in the Greek Diaspora (GD) Program (2017) in collaboration with the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), and he will return to NTUA for another GD Fellowship in Fall 2020. He has also worked with Engineers Without Borders and led student and professional teams in addressing sanitation, water distribution, and roadway issues in developing countries in Africa, Central and south America.
Nikiforos will be hosted by the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Thessaly (Spring 2021), where he plans to: (a) collaborate with colleagues on studying the impacts of new technologies on improving bicycle and pedestrian safety; (b) develop and deliver a course on designing facilities for bicyclists utilizing a service-learning approach ; and (c) deliver a variety of lectures, seminars, and workshops for engineering students and professionals. Nikiforos views the Fulbright award as his opportunity to offer his knowledge, skills, and expertise to the academic community and be able to give back to the Greek university system from which he benefitted greatly as a student.