ST. LOUIS — Two University of Missouri–St. Louis doctoral candidates won first place at the graduate school research fair for their project “Applying Business Logistic Optimization Modeling to School Bus Routing,” UMSL Daily reports.

Jeremy North and William Ellegood developed a system for efficiently transporting students from bus stops to school using mixed loading options where one bus would transport students from one area to various schools, as opposed to several buses picking up from one neighborhood and dropping off at numerous schools.

North created an algorithm that aims to minimize total transportation distance and the number of buses required. Windsor C-1 School District in Imperial, Mo., is currently a test case for the mixed loading formula.

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