Graduated: May 2008 - M.S.
Darwin Schafer received his Master's degree from the University of Illinois in Civil Engineering in May 2008. Darwin graduated with his B.S. in Civil Engineering from University of Illinois in 2006.
He is originally from the Northwest suburbs of Chicago where he attended Lake Park High School. His research focused on predicting the location of service failures and broken rail derailments, as well as the economic impact of those events. Broken rails are the leading cause of severe derailments for all major railroads in the US and the ability to predict where a broken rail is likely to occur would be a valuable asset to any railroad. His research also examined the cost-effective solution for the railroad to implement based on the prediction. This research will assist railroads in reducing the number of service failures and broken rail derailments as well as planning effective maintenance strategies.
Schafer, D.H. and C.P.L. Barkan. 2008. Relationship between train length and accident causes and rates. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 2043: 73-82.
Schafer, D.H. and C.P.L. Barkan. 2008. A Hybrid Logistic Regression/Neural Network Model for the Prediction of Broken Rails. In: Proceedings of the 8th World Congress on Railway Research, Seoul, Korea, May 2008.
Schafer, D.H. and C.P.L. Barkan. 2008. A Prediction Model for Broken Rails and an Analysis of Their Economic Impact. In: Proceedings of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, September 2008.