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Craig J. Hoff

Craig J. Hoff

Professor and Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering
Kettering University
United States

Biography

Dr. Craig J. Hoff, professor of Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in Mechanical Engineering, with expertise in automotive powertrains (conventional, hybrid electric, fuel cell), in-vehicle data acquisition, design for the environment, and thermal and mechanical design. To Hoff, Kettering students are motivated and have the know-how to work in a professional environment. It sets them apart from others, who are lost when they first enter the work place. Hoff enjoys working with students that go above and beyond and truly want to make things happen. "This was the place to be to teach automotive engineering." When returning from the Formula SAE competition in 2002, his team leader mentioned that he rode a horse to his school as a child. At first the group thought he was just kidding, but it turned out that he regularly rode his horse to his one-room school house. The team was quite amazed to hear this about someone so young, but it goes to show that Kettering attracts students from all kinds of places.

Research Interest

Automotive Powertrain Systems – Conventional Vehicles, Automotive Powertrain Systems – Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Development of In-Vehicle Data Acquistition Systems, Automotive Crash Safety, Sustainable Energy Systems, Modeling of Thermal/Mechanical Systems