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Dr. Jill Hough is an associate professor and the director of the Small Urban and Rural Transit Center within the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute at North Dakota State University. She has authored or co-authored more than 75 research reports and journal articles and given more than one hundred presentations at the regional, national, and international level. She is the instructor of a graduate level course on Public Transportation and of a graduate course on Leadership, Ethics and Academic Conduct. Hough served two three-year terms on the National Academies of Science’s Transit Cooperative Research Program Oversight Project Selection Committee (TOPS). Dr. Hough has testified during the USDOT’s Transportation Reauthorization Outreach Tour and she has testified before the U.S. Senate Budget Committee regarding the importance of infrastructure. Hough earned her BS and MS degrees in agricultural economics from NDSU and her Ph.D. in transportation technology and policy from the University of California, Davis.