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Jon Mielke
Program Administrator

Phone: (701)328-9865
Fax: (701)328-9866
jon.mielke@ndsu.edu
 

Jon Mielke provides administrative support to the director in communicating with UGPTI’s Advisory Council, legislative committees, tribal entities, and other clients. He has also conducted research on personal mobility issues related to small urban, rural, and tribal transportation. He has been employed by UGPTI since 2004. Prior to joining UGPTI, he was employed by the North Dakota Public Service Commission (1980 until 2004). He served as the agency's chief of staff from 1994 to 2004 and was also the lead staff person on matters involving North Dakota's rail shipping interests in federal proceedings. Jon holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's degree in public administration, both from the University of North Dakota. He was the 2007 recipient of the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute's Agrey Award. This life-time achievement award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the State of North Dakota, its citizens, and its business community through involvement in transportation.

Research Interests

  • Transportation infrastructure needs in North Dakota
  • Personal mobility needs of rural and Native Americans

Recent Research Activities/Major Programs of Activity

  • Evaluating existing transportation systems and projecting short-and long-term infrastructure needs and associated costs
  • Enhancing passenger mobility services in North Dakota through increased coordination
  • Personal mobility in North Dakota - trends, gaps and recommended enhancements

Employment

  • 2013-Present, Program Administrator, Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, NDSU
  • 2004-2013, Associate Research Fellow, Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, NDSU
  • 1994-2004, Executive Secretary & Director of Licensing Division, North Dakota Public Service Commission
  • 1990-1994, Director of Licensing Division & Administrative Hearing Officer, North Dakota Public Service Commission
  • 1987-1989, Assistant Director of Transportation Division, North Dakota Public Service Commission
  • 1983-1987, Director of Traffic Division, North Dakota Public Service Commission
  • 1980-1983, Assistant Director of Traffic Division, North Dakota Public Service Commission
  • 1978-1980, Transit Planner, North Dakota Highway Department
  • 1975-1978, Aide to City Manager, City of Minot

Education

  • M.S., Public Administration, University of North Dakota (Bismarck Extension Program), 1981
  • B.S., Business Administration, University of North Dakota, 1974
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