Wednesday, November 30, 2016

MSU railway program welcomes new Executive Director

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Dr. Andreas Hoffrichter Dr. Andreas Hoffrichter

Michigan State University announced November 30 that its Railway Management Certificate Program (RMCP) has updated its offerings with the appointment of a new Executive Director.

Dr. Andreas Hoffrichter has joined the team as Burkhardt Professor in Railway Management and Executive Director of Railway Management Programs.

Hoffrichter holds a bachelor’s degree in transport management, a master’s degree in railway systems engineering and integration, and a PhD in alternative energy sources for rail vehicle propulsion, which won the prize for the best PhD in the School of Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Birmingham in 2013. His experience includes program creation at the University of Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education, serving as a research fellow and technical lead for rail research at the WMG (formerly Warwick Manufacturing Group) within the University of Warwick’s, and producing research that was published in several peer-reviewed journals and presented internationally.

MSU says "the updated program treats the railway as a system, covering freight supply chain integration and efficient/value-added transportation of passengers. A modular program structure covers a wide range of railway management topic areas, particularly the integration and complexity of modern railway systems, including strategy, operations, marketing and sales, finance, asset management, and interfaces between engineering disciplines."

Former director Steve Ditmeyer retired from the program in December 2015, at the graduation of RMCP class XI, and was recognized by Dean Sanjay Gupta for his contributions since the program’s inception.