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

Elvis is working on livability at the Small Urban and Rural Transit Center (SURTC) of UGPTI. His current project is aimed at evaluating demographic indicators, funding needs, and the role of transit in improving livability (quality of life) on Tribal reservations in the U.S. During his doctorate program, he was a graduate research assistant for SURTC at UGPTI. In addition to livability, he has conducted research in several other areas including, needs assessment, economic impact, cost-benefit analysis, transportation economics, and supply chain logistics and management.

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 Analyst, 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, 2007
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