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   Andreas Hoffrichter, PhD
   Burkhardt Professor in Railway Management
   Director of the Center for Railway Research and Education
   Michigan State University

   An Overview of Alternative Motive Power and Hydrogen Fuel Cell
   Propulsion for Rail Vehicles

  Yeh Student Center - 2nd Floor - Room 2311 Newmark Lab

  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Date & Time:
  Friday, 8 December 2017 at 12:15 (Central Time)

Attendees Participating at Newmark:
  11:45 Lunch Available
  12:15 Seminar Begins

   Please be advised that food and drink (other than water) are not permitted in Room 2311 itself.


ATTENTION:  On-line Participants - Follow this link for login information on the Hay Seminar website:  The presentation file should be available for download at this website shortly before the seminar begins.  Recordings of previous Hay Seminars are also available on the website.


Professional Development Hours (PDH) are available to seminar participants, please follow the below instructions to receive your 1.5 PDH.
   At the conclusion of the seminar, send an e-mail to <> with
   (1) Subject: PDH Request
   (2) Full Name (First and Last)
   (3) Organization
   (4) Email PDH is to be sent
   (5) Seminar Title and Date

Off-campus visitors are very welcome but if you plan to attend, an RSVP to <> by Thursday afternoon would be appreciated.


 The majority of railway motive power in North America is provided through an electric drive system, either supplied by an on-board diesel engine or through wayside electrification infrastructure. Increasing concern about local air quality as well as overall greenhouse gas emissions combined with uncertainty of economical fuel supply led to exploration of alternatives. In this seminar, several alternative wayside and on-board options are outlined while more detail is provided on hydrogen fuel cell technology and its application to the railway sector.

 Dr. Andreas Hoffrichter is the Burkhardt Professor in Railway Management and the Director of the Center for Railway Research and Education in the Broad College of Business at Michigan State University.

 Andreas 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 PhD completion, 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.

 In 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 education and research activities. Andreas has published several journal papers and presented at numerous international conferences.


The University of Illinois, William W. Hay Railroad Engineering Seminar Series is sponsored by the National University Rail (NURail) Center - A US DOT OST-R University Transportation Center dedicated to advancing rail engineering and transportation education and research.

RailTEC gratefully acknowledges the support of our Platinum Industry Partners: BNSF Railway, CN, Hanson Professional Services & Union Pacific.


Seminars are held periodically during the academic year, generally on Fridays at 12:15 (Central Time).  They are open to all including students, faculty, staff, railroad industry and government professionals, and all interested members of the community.  Students, both undergrad and grad, are especially welcome and encouraged to attend.

The Yeh Student Center is on the northeast side of Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory, at the corner of Main Street and Mathews Avenue in Urbana.  Visitors from off campus traveling by car may be able to find metered parking spaces along Mathews or Springfield Avenues, or in the Parking Garage bordered by Mathews, Goodwin and University Avenues (entrances on Mathews and Goodwin).

A map of the UIUC campus showing the location of Newmark Lab can be found at: 

We hope you can attend either in person or online!

UIUC RailTEC faculty and staff


Christopher P.L. Barkan, PhD
Professor and George Krambles Faculty Fellow
Executive Director - RailTEC

Director - National University Rail (NURail) Center
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1245 Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory, MC-250
205 N. Mathews Ave.
Urbana, IL  61801 

Tel (217) 244-6338
Fax (217) 333-9464