Stamatiadis is one of five awardees selected by the International Center at the University of Kentucky (UKIC) as part of its 2022 UK Global Impact Awards.
Recipients comprise faculty, staff, alumni and community members who have significantly contributed to the university’s global engagement through education, research and service, as well as those who have fostered a culturally diverse, welcoming environment.
“This past year has reinforced for us just how interconnected our world really is, and how critically important international collaboration is in research and higher education,” said Sue Roberts, associate provost for internationalization. “These individuals are making a wonderful and positive difference with their dedication to helping create a more global University of Kentucky.”
UK Global Impact Award for Distinguished Faculty Achievement in International Research and Scholarship
Stamatiadis first came to the United States as an international student pursuing graduate degrees at Michigan State University. He is a leading international expert on Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS), an approach to roadway design that emphasizes the importance of crafting holistic, participatory transportation solutions accommodated to the context in which they are built.
Stamatiadis has maintained active research and educational collaborations with scholars and practitioners on every continent and has delivered CSS workshops to transportation officials and government ministries in Thailand, Sri Lanka, Greece, Italy, Mexico, Cyprus and China. A multiple Fulbright Scholar award winner, Stamatiadis has cultivated sustained institutional partnerships with the University of Catania in Italy and the National Technological University of Athens, among others. His passion for both research and education has also led Stamatiadis to serve as the faculty advisor for the UK chapter of Engineers Without Borders — a role that has led him to take UK student engineers to Ecuador, Honduras, Cameroon and Malawi.
In nominating Stamatiadis for the 2022 Global Impact Award, Reginald Souleyrette, chair of UK’S Department of Civil Engineering, noted that his colleague’s impressive publication record, numerous engagements with researchers and transportation practitioners on every continent, and a resolute commitment to his students have significantly raised UK’s profile within the global civil engineering community.
“He views the world as both a laboratory and classroom and urges those he works with to look at and analyze transportation challenges in a way that is mindful of their socio-cultural context, but which does not neglect the more global and far-reaching implications of particular issues,” Souleyrette said.