Graduated: May 2014 M.S.Graduate Research Assistant
2011 B.S. (Engineering, International Civil / Environmental Concentration) Calvin College Grand Rapids, MI
2014 M.S. (Civil Engineering) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Brandon earned his Master’s Degree at the University of Illinois in 2014. His M.S. thesis involved the characterization of the North American loading environment at the wheel-rail interface using primarily wheel impact load detector (WILD) data. Throughout his M.S. studies, Brandon 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 was a member and active participant in AREMA Committee 30 (Ties).
Van Dyk, B.J., J.R. Edwards, M.S. Dersch, C.J. Ruppert Jr. and C.P.L. Barkan. 2017. Evaluation of dynamic and impact wheel load factors and their application in design processes. Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit. 231 (1): 33-43, DOI:10.1177/0954409715619454.
Van Dyk, B.J., A.J. Scheppe, J.R. Edwards, M.S. Dersch and C.P.L. Barkan. 2016. Methods for quantifying rail seat loads and a review of previous experimentation. Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit. 230 (3): 935-945; DOI: 10.1177/0954409715569862.
Van Dyk, B.J., M.S. Dersch, J.R. Edwards, C.J. Ruppert Jr. and C.P.L. Barkan. 2014. Load characterization techniques and overview of loading environment in North America. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 2448: 80-86.
Holder, D.E., Y. Qian, M.V. Csenge, J.R. Edwards, M.S. Dersch and B.J. Van Dyk. 2016. Comparison of Lateral Load Performance of Concrete Crosstie Heavy Haul Fastening Systems. In: Proceedings of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, August 2016.
Van Dyk, B.J., M.S. Dersch, J.R. Edwards, C.J. Ruppert Jr. and C.P.L. Barkan. 2014. Evaluation of Dynamic and Impact Wheel Load Factors and their Application for Design. In: Proceedings of Transportation Research Board 93rd Annual Conference, Washington, D.C, January 2014.
Van Dyk, B.J., J.R. Edwards, C.J. Ruppert Jr. and C.P.L. Barkan. 2013. Considerations for Mechanistic Design of Concrete Sleepers and Elastic Fastening Systems in North America. In: Proceedings of the 10th International Heavy Haul Association Conference, New Delhi, India, February 2013.
Van Dyk, B.J., C.T. Rapp, M.S. Dersch, J.R. Edwards, C.J. Ruppert Jr. and C.P.L. Barkan. 2013. Evaluation of Existing Loading Environment in North America for Improved Concrete Sleepers and Fastening Systems. In: Proceedings of the 10th World Congress on Railway Research, Sydney, Australia, November 2013.
Van Dyk, B.J., M.S. Dersch, J.R. Edwards, C.J. Ruppert Jr. and C.P.L. Barkan. 2013. Quantifying Shared Corridor Wheel Loading Variation Using Wheel Impact Load Detectors. In: Proceedings of the ASME Joint Rail Conference, Knoxville, TN, April 2013.