William Hutzel

Purdue Faculty Member William Hutzel



Professor William (Bill) Hutzel is a professional engineer and a professor of mechanical engineering Technology (MET) at Purdue, where he teaches and conducts research in high-performance buildings. The goal is to integrate cost-effective energy technologies with renewable energy to achieve buildings that are net zero in terms of their annual demand for off-site electricity. His Applied Energy Laboratory features a variety of commercial HVAC and solar energy systems that can be operated and controlled over the web.

Professor Hutzel has been the co-advisor of the Purdue Student Branch of ASHRAE for 22 years. He has received three “best paper” awards at engineering education conferences for his work on student design projects. In addition to technical work, Professor Hutzel has also assisted with energy policy as a Congressional Fellow in Washington, D.C.


  • MS in Agricultural Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University
  • BS in Agricultural Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University

Research Interests

Research in support of high-performance buildings, including:

  • Development of a patented cold climate heat pump
  • Commercialization of a plant-based air cleaning device called a Biowall
  • Design and evaluation of a heat pump-assisted solar thermal system for hydronic heating and hot water
  • Financial analysis of utility-scale solar photovoltaics

Full Profile

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