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Yun Zhou, Ph.D.
Post Doc Traffic Safety
Email: yun.zhou@ndsu.edu

Her research areas include human factors in traffic safety, traffic safety program evaluation, driver risk assessment, crash preventions related to high-risk driver groups. Her current research includes identifying high-risk alcohol impaired drivers, assessing treatment program for impaired drivers and assessing driving education among novice teen drivers in North Dakota through machine learning approaches and statistics analyses.

She received her BS in Agricultural Business and Management from University of Minnesota Crookston, MS in Applied Statistics from North Dakota State University (NDSU), and Ph.D. in Transportation and Logistics from North Dakota State University (NDSU). Her dissertation focuses on identifying high-risk alcohol impaired drivers through machine learning approaches and logistic regression analyses.

Zhou worked for three years in industry with a range of roles in sales, marketing, operation, logistics and product development. In addition, she has had the opportunity to work with other graduate students as a research assistant and teach courses at NDSU as a teaching assistant.

Research Interests

  • Human Factors in Traffic Safety
  • Traffic Safety Program Evaluation
  • Driver Risk Assessment
  • Crash Preventions Related to High-Risk Driver Groups

Recent Research Activities/Major Programs of Activity

  • Identifying high-risk alcohol impaired drivers
  • Assessing North Dakota 24/7 sobriety Program for impaired drivers
  • Assessing driving education among novice teen drivers
  • Data linkage and pilot study for driving under influence (DUI) offenders


  • 2018 - Present, Doctoral Graduate Research Assistant, Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute (UGPTI), NDSU, Fargo, ND
  • 2017 - 2018, Assistant Researcher in Soybean Breeding, Marketing Assistant, and other roles, Brushvale Seed, Inc. Wahpeton, ND
  • 2014 – 2015, Sales Assistant Customer Service Representative, Pepsi Beverages Company, Fargo, ND


  • Ph.D., Transportation and Logistics, North Dakota State University, 2022
  • M.S. Applied Statistics, North Dakota State University, 2017
  • B.S. Agricultural Business and Management, University of Minnesota Crookston, 2013
  • A.S. International Trade with Concentration in Agricultural Commodities, Zhejiang Economic and Trade Polytechnic (ZJETP), Hangzhou, China, 2011
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