John William Sheffield, PhD

Purdue Faculty Member John William Sheffield, PhD



Dr. Sheffield has a broad base of experience in energy efficiency. Since 1989, he has conducted more than 350 industrial energy audits, 295 at the Department of Energy-sponsored Industrial Assessment Center. He also served as an energy-efficiency consultant to the Manufacturing Extension Partnership.  

From 2012 to 2014, Dr. Sheffield served as a consultant with DNV GL - Energy, supporting the evaluation, measurement and verification of the energy-efficiency programs of the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Dr. Sheffield was also one of the founding associate directors at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization - International Centre for Hydrogen Energy Technologies from 2005 to 2006.  He currently serves as the executive vice president of the International Association for Hydrogen Energy and as an editor of the association’s journal.


  • U.S. Department of Energy Summer Research Fellow, California Institute of Technology
  • PhD in Engineering Science & Mechanics, North Carolina State University
  • Master of Engineering Mechanics, North Carolina State University
  • Bachelor of Engineering Science, University of Texas at Austin

Research Interests

  • Industrial energy efficiency
  • Sustainable energy technologies
  • Hydrogen energy applications

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