Brandon Van Dyk

Graduate Research Assistant

Rail Transportation and Engineering Center - RailTEC
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B-118 Newmark Engineering Laboratory, MC-250
205 N. Mathews Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801
Tel: (217) 244-6063
Fax (217) 333-1924

Email: <vandyk2> at


2011 Bachelor of Science in Engineering, International Civil / Environmental Concentration, Calvin College Grand Rapids, MI

Professional Interests

Brandon Van Dyk's MS Thesis involves the characterization of the North American loading environment at the wheel-rail interface using primarily wheel impact load detector (WILD) data. Throughout his MS studies, he has participated in a project funded by the Federal Railroad Administration to improve the design and performance of concrete crossties and elastic fastening systems for shared-use infrastructure. He is a member and active participant in AREMA Committee 30 (Ties).


Van Dyk, B.J., M.S. Dersch, J.R. Edwards, C.J. Ruppert, Jr., C.P.L. Barkan, 2013. Quantifying Shared Corridor Wheel Loading Variation Using Wheel Impact Load Detectors. Proceedings of the ASME Joint Rail Conference. Knoxville, Tennessee (April 2013).

Van Dyk, B.J., J.R. Edwards, C.J. Ruppert, Jr., C.P.D. Barkan, 2013. Considerations for Mechanistic Design of Concrete Sleepers and Elastic Fastening Systems in North America. Proceedings of the International Heavy Haul Association Conference. New Delhi, India (February 2013).