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Andreas Hoffrichter

Burkhardt Professor in Railway Management, Executive Director
Department: Center For Railway Research and Education
Henry Center for Executive Development
3535 Forest Rd Rm C30
Lansing, MI 48910
Phone: (517) 353-4452
  • Biography
    Andreas Hoffrichter is the Burkhardt Professor in Railway Management and the
    Executive Director of the Center for Railway Research and Education in the Broad College
    of Business at Michigan State University.

    studied Transport Management at Aston University, England, and completed the
    course with a first class, Bachelor of Science, honours degree. He has a master
    degree in Railway Systems Engineering and Integration from the University of
    Birmingham, England. In his doctoral research at Birmingham, he investigated
    the suitability of hydrogen as an energy carrier for railway traction, which
    led to the development of a narrow-gauge prototype hydrogen-hybrid locomotive;
    the first practical hydrogen-powered railway vehicle in the United Kingdom. He
    won the prize for the best PhD in the School of Electronic, Electrical and
    Computer Engineering in 2013.


    After completion of his PhD,
    he was employed as a Teaching and Research Fellow in the Birmingham Centre for
    Railway Research and Education at the university, where he taught on the
    railway master courses and developed new modules, including weeklong blocks in
    railway traction and railway business management for a new master program.


    2014, Andreas moved to the WMG within the University of Warwick, England, were
    he led the research activity related to drive systems for railway vehicles,
    including energy storage hybrids and hydrogen fuel cell systems. His research
    concentrated on railway traction, conceptual drive-system development, and
    subsequent vehicle performance evaluation. In spring 2016, he joined Michigan
    State University to lead the railway research and education activities. Andreas
    has published several journal papers and presented at numerous international
  • Publications
    Hoffrichter, A., Miller, A., R., Hillmansen, S., & Roberts, C. (2012). Well-to-Wheel Analysis for Electric, Diesel and Hydrogen Traction for Railways. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 17(1), 28-34. doi: 10.1016/j.trd.2011.09.002.
    Hoffrichter, A., Silmon, J., Iwnicki, S., Hillmansen, S., & Roberts, C. (2012). Rail Freight in 2035 - Traction Energy Analysis for High Performance Freight Trains. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit, 226(6), 568-574. doi: 10.1177/0954409712441753
    Hoffrichter, A. (2013). Hydrogen as an Energy Carrier for Railway Traction. PhD Thesis. Birmingham: The University of Birmingham.
    Hoffrichter, A., Silmon, J., Schmid, F., Hillmansen, S., & Roberts, C. (2013). Feasibility of discontinuous electrification on the Great Western Main Line determined by train simulation. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit, 227(3), 296-306. doi: 10.1177/0954409712461341
    Coombe, D., Fisher, P., Hoffrichter, A., Kent, S., Reed, D., Rowshandel, H., et al. (2014). Development and design of a narrow-gauge hydrogen-hybrid locomotive. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit. doi: 10.1177/0954409714532921
    Hoffrichter, A., Fisher, P., Tutcher, J., Hillmansen, S., & Roberts, C. (2014). Performance evaluation of the hydrogen-powered prototype locomotive ‘Hydrogen Pioneer’. Journal of Power Sources, 250(0), 120-127. doi: 10.1016/j.jpowsour.2013.10.134
    Hoffrichter, A., Hillmansen, S., Roberts, C. (2015). Conceptual Propulsion System Design for a Hydrogen-Powered Regional Train. IET Electrical Systems in Transportation. doi: 10.1049/iet-est.2014.0049

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