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Raj Bridgelall, Ph.D.
Program Director - SMARTSe
Phone: (408)607-3214
Email: raj.bridgelall@ndsu.edu
ORCID: 0000-0003-3743-6652

Raj is the program director for the UGPTI's Center for Surface Mobility Applications & Real-time Simulation environments (SMARTSeSM). As a technology executive and product innovator, he has more than 140 patents issued or pending in the areas of advanced sensing, wireless communications, mobile computing, and decision support platforms, including their applications in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). He was named a fellow by the National Academy of Inventors. Raj has published dozens of peer-reviewed articles and is among the Google Scholar top 10 NDSU faculty cited.

Research Interests

  • Big Data Analytics, Internet-of-Things (IoT), Cloud Computing
  • Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV), Shared Mobility, Intelligent Transportation Solutions
  • Signal processing and mathematical modeling of transportation systems
  • Remote Sensing with Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  • Hyperspectral Image Analysis
  • Radio-frequency identification (RFID)
  • Real-time locating systems (RTLS)
  • Energy Harvesting and massive scale autonomous wireless sensor networks

Recent Research Activities/Major Programs of Activity


  • 2017-Present, Assistant Professor of Transportation and Logistics, College of Business, NDSU
  • 2011-Present, Program Director, Surface Mobility Applications & Real-time Simulation environments (SMARTSeSM), UGPTI, NDSU
  • 2010-2012, Program Director, Advanced Traffic Analysis Center, UGPTI, NDSU
  • 2006-2010, Vice President of Engineering and Chief Technology Officer, Axcess International Inc.
  • 2004-2006, Vice President, R&D and Advanced Products, Alien Technology
  • 2003-2004, Chief Technologist, RFID, Motorola Inc.
  • 2001-2003, Senior Director, Research and Development, Motorola Inc.
  • 1990-2001, Various technology-related positions, Motorola Inc.


  • Ph.D., Transportation and Logistics, North Dakota State University, ND, 2015
  • Young Executive Development, American Road and Transportation Builders Association, 2011
  • Executive Leadership, Stanford University, 2006
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, Stony Brook University, NY, 1991
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Stony Brook University, NY, 1990

Professional Memberships/Affiliations

  • Transportation Research Board, The National Academies, Panel Member
  • DASH7 Alliance, developing the next generation wireless network to enable the Internet of Things
  • Advisory board, College of Electrical and Computer Engineering, NDSU
  • Advisory board, Sensors Expo, the largest industry specific event focusing on sensors and sensor integrated systems in North America, Questex Media Group
  • Phi Kappa Phi, The nation's oldest and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines
  • Tau Beta Pi, The Engineering Honor Society
  • Eta Kappa Nu, The Electrical Engineering Honor Society
  • IEEE, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Senior Member
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