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Del Peterson
Associate Research Fellow
Phone: (701)231-5908
Email: del.peterson@ndsu.edu
ORCID: 0000-0002-2010-5542

Del began working with UGPTI's Small Urban and Rural Center on Mobility (SURCOM) in February 2003. He has conducted research pertaining to mobility among Aging Americans, the North Dakota Oil Boom, veteran mobility in rural areas, the small transit vehicle industry, small urban sprawl, intelligent transportation systems (ITS) deployment, and passenger mobility enhancements utilizing geographic information systems (GIS) and similar technologies. He holds a B.A. in business management and economics and an M.S. in agribusiness and applied economics with an emphasis in transportation economics. Growing up in a rural community, Del knows the importance of a sound transportation system and how it applies to the betterment of small town living.

Research Interests

  • Alternative Fuels
  • Mobility among Aging Americans
  • Veteran Mobility
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Transportation Economics and Policy
  • Built Environment

Recent Research Activities/Major Programs of Activity


  • 2003-Present, Associate Research Fellow, Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, NDSU
  • 2001-2002, Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics, NDSU


  • M.S., Agricultural and Applied Economics, North Dakota State University, 2003
  • B.S., Economics and Business Management, University of Minnesota (Morris), 2001

Professional Memberships/Affiliations

  • Transportation Research Board (Rural and Intercity Bus Conference Committee Member)
  • American Public Transit Association
  • Community Transportation Association of America
  • Dakota Transit Association
  • Intelligent Transportation Society of America
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