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Pan Lu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Associate Research Fellow
Phone: (701)212-3795
Email: pan.lu@ndsu.edu
ORCID: 0000-0002-1640-3598

In 2010, Dr. Lu became a Research Analyst with Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute focusing in the area of asset management, freight transportation, smart transportation, rail transportation, and transportation safety. She became an assistant professor of transportation in 2015 and has been promoted as associate professor since 2017. In addition to her research activities, she has successfully taught several graduate courses including Highway Planning and Logistics, Transportation System II, Logistic Decision Analysis.

Research Interests

  • Connected and Autonomous Vehicles
  • Smart Material and Structure Health Monitoring
  • Big Data Analytics for Transportation
  • Smart Transportation
  • Transportation System
  • Asset Management
  • Multimodal Transportation
  • Geospatial Transportation Modeling

Recent Research Activities/Major Programs of Activity

  • Dubai Taxi Operation Data Mining Analysis
  • Highway-Rail Grade Crossings Safety Analysis and Crossing Hazard Index Development
  • Commercial Truck Safety Performance Analysis
  • Rail Track Condition Monitoring and Fault Identification
  • Road Impact analysis of Agriculture Freight Transportation Activities
  • Needs Study of Oil Related Traffic Activities in North Dakota
  • Multi-Mode Transportation Energy Efficiency Analysis
  • Implementation of DARWIN-ME in North Dakota
  • Rural Road Congestion Analysis Impacted by Large Truck Transportation
  • Bridge Performance Studies


  • 2017-Present, Associate Professor of Transportation and Logistics, Department of Transportation and Logistics, NDSU
  • 2015-2017, Assistant Professor of Transportation, Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, NDSU
  • 2012-Present, Associate Research Fellow, Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, NDSU
  • 2010-2012, Research Analyst, Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, NDSU
  • 2005-2010, Graduate Research Assistant, Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, NDSU


  • Ph.D., Transportation and Logistics, North Dakota State University, 2011
  • B.S., Technological Economics, North China Electric Power University, 2002

Professional Memberships/Affiliations

  • Editorial board, World Review of Intermodal Transportation Research, 2015-Present
  • Editorial board, International Journal of Scientific Research and Civil Engineering, 2015-Present
  • Editorial board, Global Environment, Health and Safety, 2017-Present
  • Member, International Association of Chinese Infrastructure Professionals (IACIP), 2016-Present
  • Member, Chinese Overseas Transportation Association (COTA), 2017-Present
  • Member, World Transport Convention, Infrastructures Investment, Financing and Management Committee, 2017-Present
  • Member, Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS), 2010-2012
  • Member, SAS & Analytics Users, 2010-Present
  • Member, Institute of Transportation Engineers, 2016-2017
  • Member, Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, 2013-2014
  • Member, American Statistical Association (ASA), 2014-Present
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