Program Director - RTSSC
Dr. Kimberly Vachal is the Program Director for the Rural Transportation Safety and Security at North Dakota State University’s Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute. The Center conducts research and outreach to promote traffic safety and transportation security in the region in cooperation with stakeholders. Research integrating enforcement, education, engineering and emergency services in safety and security focuses on high-risk drivers, commercial vehicle safety, roadways safety investments, and critical infrastructure.
She has over 15 years of experience in transportation research, primarily in safety, agriculture, and freight mobility, and has worked extensively with both government and private industry agencies. In addition, she has had the opportunity to work with students as research assistants and in teaching courses in freight logistics, microeconomics, and international development economics.
Her research concentration has been in public policy and economics. She has written over 50 research papers and authored several journal articles. She also assists other research faculty with policy and economic analysis as it is relevant to their research.
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