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Diomo Motuba, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Associate Research Fellow
Phone: (701)231-1088
Email: diomo.motuba@ndsu.edu

Dr. Motuba is the lead investigator for transportation planning at the Advanced Traffic Analysis Center (ATAC) at North Dakota State University's Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute. His primary area of research and outreach are in developing more realistic transportation planning models especially for small- and medium-sized metropolitan planning areas.

He has over 13 years of experience developing regional travel demand models, freight models, freight logistics and supply chain management incorporation into transportation planning models, transportation and land use, safety, transportation economics, emerging technologies and their impacts to the transportation system, and methods to enhance transportation modeling systems.

Dr. Motuba provides support to state and local agencies in developing transportation models, developing new algorithms for transportation planning models, improving data collection to support modeling and in developing their transportation plans.

Dr. Motuba instructs several courses in the Transportation and Logistics Department at NDSU, where he is an Assistant Professor of Transportation and Logistics. He serves as chair/member on several student dissertation committees.

Research Interests

  • Transportation and land use planning
  • Freight modeling
  • Transportation economics
  • Connected automated vehicles
  • Logistics and supply chain management
  • Transportation safety

Recent Research Activities/Major Programs of Activity

  • Connected automated vehicles and their impacts to transportation planning models
  • Cell phone data and travel demand models
  • Freight logistics models for transportation planning
  • Transportation economics
  • Spatial econometric models for school safety
  • Activity based models


  • 2009-Present, Associate Research Fellow, Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, NDSU
  • 2004-2009, Graduate Research Assistant, Advanced Traffic Analysis Center, Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, NDSU


  • Ph.D., Transportation and Logistics, North Dakota State University, 2009
  • M.S., Agribusiness and Applied Economics, North Dakota State University, ND, 2006
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