ASCE has honored Constantine Samaras, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE, with the 2020 Harland Bartholomew Award for contributions to urban infrastructure resiliency design and alternative fueled, automated and connect vehicle planning.
Samaras has made substantive contributions to three areas of critical importance for urban planning and development in the civil engineering domain:
- Systems and infrastructure impacts of the transition to autonomous vehicles.
- Transition to low-carbon energy systems.
- Civil infrastructure systems design and resiliency for climate change impacts under uncertainty.
He has published, and continues to publish, top-notch work not only on multiple topics within transportation (effects of automated vehicles on cities, infrastructure optimization for electric vehicles, fuel economy policy), but in other disciplines as well (electric power systems, life-cycle analysis, infrastructure resiliency). Through it all runs an evident commitment to answering impactful questions of practical importance to urban planning and development. He is truly a civil engineering renaissance man.
The Harland Bartholomew Award is presented to a Society member who is judged worthy of special commendation for enhancement of the role of civil engineers in urban planning and development.