Elphi Nelissen is a Full Professor and Chair of Building Sustainability at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Her areas of expertise include renewable energy and the built environment, circular building economy, sustainable building, building services, building physics, building acoustics and girls and technology.
Elphi initiated the development of a true Smart District in the Brainport region, to be established ultimately in 2021. It will be a unique living lab, in which all new and smart technologies are to be integrated in a renewable, social and attractive living district. The Brainport Smart District gives the university the opportunity to research, develop and experiment with new building methods, circular building, energy generation and storage, mobility concepts and to perform research on safety and health related topics, in close cooperation with industry.
She holds several additional functions, such as chairwoman of the TU/e Smart Cities Program and member of the Board of SPARK Campus. In 2016, she was elected most influential woman in the Eindhoven/Brainport region.