On December 17, 2014, members and friends met for happy hour and networking at Gordon Biersch as a holiday gathering. The Hawaii Section also took this opportunity to acknowledge Dr. Constantinos S. Papacostas for all his accomplishments and contributions to Transportation Engineering upon his retirement
Born on the island of Cyprus, Papacostas came to the United States and earned a Bachelor’s degree at Youngstown State University and a Master’s and Ph.D. at Carnegie-Mellon University. He has been a professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa since 1973, and the Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering since 2010, engaged in teaching, research and training, consulting, and other advising activities for both the private and public sectors. As the Graduate Program Chair in the early 1990’s, he led the successful effort of establishing the doctoral program in Civil Engineering. He served as Director of the Hawaii Local Technical Assistance Program, organizing nearly 300 workshops for all workforce levels, and published the quarterly Hawaiian Connections, in which he was a frequent contributor of technical articles. Dr. Papacostas has been active in various local and national professional groups, serving as President for the Hawaii sections of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Institute for Transportation Engineers, and Hawaii’s oldest organization of its kind, Engineers and Architects of Hawaii. He has written numerous articles, reports, and publications, and received many awards for his various accomplishments to the profession. We are thankful for his contributions and wish him well in his retirement!