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Elvis Ndembe, Ph.D.
Research Analyst
Phone: (701)231-5361
Email: elvis.ndembe@ndsu.edu

Elvis began working with the Small Urban and Rural Transit Center (SURTC) of UGPTI in 2019. He previously was research scientist with NDSU's Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics after earning his Ph.D. in Transportation and Logistics from NDSU in 2016. While working on his Ph.D. he was a graduate research assistant for SURTC at UGPTI. He has conducted research in several areas including livability, needs assessment, economic contribution and impact, cost-benefit analysis, and freight transportation.

Research Interests

  • Livability
  • Transportation Economics
  • Supply chain logistics
  • Intercity rail passenger services

Recent Research Activities/Major Programs of Activity

  • Tribal transit demographic indicators, funding needs, and livability
  • Amtrak, Freight railroads, and the cost of intercity rail passenger services


  • 2019- Present, Research Analysts, Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, NDSU
  • 2016-2019, Research Scientist, Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics, NDSU
  • 2009-2016, Graduate Research Assistant, Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, NDSU


  • Ph.D., Transportation and Logistics, North Dakota State University, 2016
  • M.S., Agribusiness and Applied Economics, North Dakota State University, ND, 2007
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