Sam Sprik

Researcher V-Mechanical Engineering


Sam Sprik leads integration and safety research activities for the hydrogen production, power, and storage group in NREL's Center for Integrated Mobility Sciences. Integration activities address technical and non-technical barriers to the commercialization of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies to ensure that laboratory advances can be realized in the marketplace. A senior engineer proficient in analyzing large data sets, Sprik has extensive experience conducting technical evaluations of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and infrastructure in partnership with industry. Sprik started his NREL career in 1998, when he helped develop user-friendly software to simulate advanced vehicle systems, primarily for hybrid electric vehicles. The software, which gained widespread global use, was copyrighted and commercially licensed. Previously, Sprik worked at Chrysler Corporation in manufacturing statistical quality control.

Research Interests

Hydrogen and fuel cell market transformation

Hydrogen and fuel cell research

Hydrogen and fuel cell technology evaluation

Transportation research


M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Calvin College

Featured Work

Retail Hydrogen Station Reliability Status and Advances, Reliability Engineering & System Safety (2020)

On-Road Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles Evaluation: Overview, NREL Technical Report (2019)

Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Durability and Fuel Cell Performance, NREL Technical Report (2019)  

Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Driving and Fueling Behavior, NREL Technical Report (2019)  

Review of Transportation Hydrogen Infrastructure Performance and Reliability, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (2019)

Design Tool for Estimating Chemical Hydrogen Storage System Characteristics for Light-Duty Fuel Cell Vehicles, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (2018)