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Chris Padilla
Program Director - TLN
Cell: (701)202-5730
Email: chris.padilla@ndsu.edu

Chris Padilla, Program Director for the Transportation Learning Network (TLN) at UGPTI. TLN is a partnership with four Departments of Transportation and the eight Mountain-Plains Consortium members. TLN is the one-stop resource for supplemental learning in the transportation field. Chris collaborates with the TLN members to develop and identify technology transfer presentations, including research projects from the MPC program.

Chris spent 13 years with the NDDOT prior to coming to UGPTI. While at the NDDOT, he worked in the Design, Planning & Programming, Maintenance, and Construction divisions. He was responsible for the development and implementation of the NDDOT Maintenance Academy and the NDDOT Rotational Training Program. Prior to working for the NDDOT, Chris worked at the Pennsylvania DOT as a construction inspector for three years and is a US Army active-duty veteran, where he served our great country for five years.


  • 2013-Present, Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, NDSU
  • 2000-2013, North Dakota Department of Transportation
  • 1997-2000, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
  • 1992-1997, United States Army


  • B.S., Applied Science and Technology, Dickinson State University, 2008
  • A.S., Engineering Technology, Lincoln Technical Institute, 1992

Professional Memberships/Affiliations

  • Bismarck Far West Rotary Club
  • CrossFit Level 2 & Mobility Certified Trainer
  • USA Weightlifting Advanced Sports Performance Coach
  • Apple Creek Township Road Supervisor (2005-07)
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