TranLIVE Student of the Year | 2013
Name: William “Andy” Edwardes
Enrolled in: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)
Andy Edwardes’ research is making the Blacksburg, VA bus system more fuel efficient through improved routing and scheduling, bus assignment and a real-time dispatch support system. All of these approaches require a microscopic fuel consumption model. Andy has extended the VT-CPFM to model diesel buses using Altoona Bus Testing Center data. This model and operation research techniques will be used to optimize routing, scheduling and bus assignment to reduce fuel consumed. The real-time dispatch support system and demand assessment technology will help dispatchers determine whether an extra bus is needed, there are too many buses or a bus needs to slow down to keep on schedule. His work will be presented at TRB in January 2014.
Andy received dual bachelor degrees in Civil Engineering and Mathematics from Virginia Tech in 2012 and is currently working on two graduate degrees, transportation engineering and operations research. As an undergraduate, he worked for SAIC on a VDOT asset management contract. He is currently serving as the Alumni Coordinator for the Alliance of Transportation Engineering Students (ATES), the VT transportation student organization. Last year he served as the ATES Events Coordinator.
For his excellent work in reducing the fuel use of public transportation systems and service to his fellow students, TranLIVE (Transportation for Livability by Integrating Vehicles and the Environment) is pleased to select Andy Edwardes as its 2013 Outstanding Student of the Year.
Area of experience:
Public transportation (bus) fuel consumption