College of Engineering appoints new Civil & Environmental Engineering chair

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Eric R Matsunaga, (808) 956-7584
Dir, Mktg & Public Affairs, College of Engineering
Posted: Jan 19, 2010

Constantinos S. Papacostas
Constantinos S. Papacostas

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Engineering is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Constantinos S. Papacostas as chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, effective January 1, 2010.


Papacostas is a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa and serves as director of the Hawaii Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP).  He is currently president of the Engineers and Architects of Hawaii (EAH) and has served as Hawaiʻi chapter president for both the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE).  


Papacostas received his BE, magna cum laude, in civil engineering from Youngstown State University in 1969.  He earned both his MS and PhD in civil engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1971 and 1974, respectively.  While at UH Mānoa, Papacostas is credited with the development and implementation of the first statewide traffic accident reporting system in Hawaiʻi and the development one of the earliest internet-served traffic camera systems and traffic flow simulation software.


“I am pleased to start the New Year with Professor Papacostas at the helm of civil and environmental engineering,” said Dean Peter E. Crouch.  “His knowledge, leadership and presence will be a tremendous asset to the department and the College of Engineering.”