Andreas Hoffrichter

Andreas  Hoffrichter
  • Edward A. Burkhardt Chair in Railway Management
  • Established through a gift from Edward Burkhardt, Dennis Gilstad, and Trent Marshall
  • Supply Chain Management


Andreas Hoffrichter joined the Broad College as director of the Railway Management Program and became the Burkhardt Professor in Railway Management in 2016. With expertise in railway systems, motive power and traction, and rail transportation, Hoffrichter directs the railway research and education activities at the Broad College—a unique and differentiating offering at Michigan State University. 

Hoffrichter studied Transport Management at Aston University, England, and earned a master’s degree in Railway Systems Engineering and Integration and a PhD from the University of Birmingham, England. His doctoral research led to the development of a narrow-gauge prototype hydrogen-hybrid locomotive—the first of its kind in the UK. He won the prize for the best PhD in the School of Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2013. 

Prior to the Broad College, Hoffrichter was a teaching and research fellow in the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education at the University of Birmingham and worked for WMG within the University of Warwick, England, where he led rail vehicle propulsion research. His research has been published in the Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit, Journal of Power Sources, and Transport and Environment, among others. Hoffrichter is Associate Editor for the Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit and a committee member of the Transportation Research Board AR020 Passenger Rail Equipment and Systems Integration Committee.