Raj Bridgelall, Ph.D.

Career Profile


North Dakota State University

  • Associate Professor (since 2022), Assistant Professor (2017-2022) in the College of Business. Pioneered new courses in Intelligent Transportation Solutions (TL 757), Supply Chain Transport Security (TL 751), and Spatial Analysis in Transportation & Logistics (TL 885). Incorporated pedagogical and andragogical innovations for online and blended delivery. Advising and mentoring Master's and PhD students. Conducting research in advanced air mobility (remote sensing of transportation infrastructure and cargo logistics using drones), and surface transportation performance monitoring using connected and autonomous vehicles.
  • Director (since 2013) of the center for Surface Mobility Applications & Real-Time Simulation environments (SMARTSeSM), Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute. Leading the center in research activities that bridge the physical and electronic worlds of mobility. The center enables decision-support platforms through digital signal processing and big data analytics to enhance the situational understanding of transportation systems. SMARTSe combines both basic and applied research to incubate and demonstrate new applications in surface transportation that leverage rapid innovations in wireless communications, sensor networks, and mobile computing. Performance measures include system capacity, efficiency, pollutants, safety, effectiveness, and state-of-repair across all surface transportation modes. The continuous and real-time monitoring of rail, pavements, pipelines, and waterways include supporting infrastructures such as bridges, tunnels, and canals. The center collaborates with both public and private sector partners to implement smart cities.
  • Director (2010 - 2012), Advanced Traffic Analysis Center. Managed activities that enhance transportation systems in small to medium-size cities through the use of advanced traffic analysis, travel demand forecasting, and intelligent transportation systems (ITS). Goals were to enhance safety, mobility, and energy-efficiency.
  • Advisory BoardDASH7 Alliance. Provided advisement to the organization for developing the next generation of ubiquitous low-power wireless communications standards, enabling the Internet of Things (IoT).

CTO and Vice President of Engineering at Axcess International, Inc (2006 - 2010)

  • Led innovations in ultra-low power sensors, energy harvesting, and software decision-support platforms for a broad range of applications, including critical infrastructure protection such as pipelines and bridges.
  • Advanced the state-of-the-art in hands-free access control and real-time location systems to secure and protect the workforce, for example, on oil platforms, in mines, within factories, and across the corporate enterprise.

Vice President of Research and Development at Alien Technology (2004 - 2006)

  • Recruited a new team of experts and established the R&D Department.
  • Innovated radio frequency and signal processing technologies to produce a new line of passive RFID interrogators.
  • Chief architect of low-power wireless sensor networks targeted for Homeland Defense.

RFID Chief Technologist at Motorola Solutions (1990 - 2004)

  • Led a diverse team of technical experts to innovate RFID functionality and deliver the world's best performing and most rugged mobile computer. The Motorola MC9090 is one of the first mobile computers to be fully compliant with the leading standards for long range passive and semi-passive RFID, namely the EPC C1G2 and the ISO 18000-6c standards.
  • Prototyped the first in a series of multi-mode barcode scan engines and hand-held/hands-free laser scanners. Invented key technologies in opto-mechatronics, motor control, and signal processing to manufacture in production quantities.