John William Sheffield, PhD


Purdue University

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Purdue University
131 Knoy, 401 N. Grant Street
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907 U.S.A.

President, International Association for Hydrogen Energy (IAHE)

Presentation Title

A Student Design Project for Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric-Drive Mining Trucks


This multi-semester student design project is an international collaboration between two Peruvian universities, La Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología and La Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería and Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana (U.S.A.). The goal is to integrate hydrogen fuel cell technologies into a solar photovoltaic microgrid for a hard-rock lithium mining operation in Peru. The current team is challenged with the task of developing a conceptual design for the conversion of the diesel electric-drive to hydrogen fuel cell electric-drive mining haul trucks. The engineering courses are organized as global Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP). The global VIP is a transformative approach to enhancing higher education by engaging undergraduate and graduate students in ambitious, long-term, large-scale, multidisciplinary, international project teams that are led by a group of engineering faculty to give students an opportunity to see results of their learning applied in real applications.


Dr. John W. Sheffield joined Purdue University in January 2015.  He holds the titles of Professor Emeritus of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology and Professor of Engineering Technology at Purdue University. He served as one of the founding associate directors at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization – International Centre for Hydrogen Energy Technologies (UNIDO-ICHET) in Istanbul, Turkey. In 2019, he was elected as the President of the International Association for Hydrogen Energy (IAHE).  His professional career in hydrogen energy began in 1976 when he was working for Pratt and Whitney Aircraft in West Palm Beach, Florida developing high-power, continuous-wave, hydrogen-fluoride and deuterium-fluoride chemical lasers. For more than 42 years, he has served as an editor of the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (IJHE). In 2019 he also became a part-time Professor at Xi’an Jiaotong University in Xi’an, China working with the School of Energy and Power Engineering on hydrogen energy technologies.