Hoff to lead Mechanical Engineering Dept.

Jan 9, 2012

Dr. Craig Hoff has been named head of Kettering's Mechanical Engineering department, the university's largest academic department.


Dr. Craig HoffDr. Craig Hoff has been named head of the Mechanical Engineering Department, Kettering University’s largest academic department, beginning Jan. 9. He replaces Dr. Joel Berry, who is on a one-year sabbatical. Hoff began his tenure at Kettering in March 1999 and has spent a total of 25 years in engineering education, both in teaching and administrative roles.

“I am very pleased to have this opportunity to lead the Mechanical Engineering Department at Kettering University,” said Hoff. “ It is an exciting time to be an engineer as new technologies are rapidly being developed to meet the needs of society, in areas such as automotive engineering, biomedical engineering and alternative energy systems.  I look forward to working with the faculty to keep the program relevant to the needs of students, industry, and society and to continue the program's long history of excellence,” he added.

Hoff teaches in the areas of energy systems and automotive engineering. His research focus is on sustainable mobility technologies including alternative automotive powertrains and hybrid electric vehicles. He has particular expertise in modeling and testing hybrid electric vehicles and in developing in-vehicle data acquisition systems. Hoff has provided services to numerous companies and government agencies including: Ricardo, Toyota, ArvinMeritor, Firestone, Ford Motor Company, the U.S. Army TARDEC, and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Hoff is an active member of SAE International, ASME, and ASEE. He was recognized with the SAE International Forest R. McFarland Award in 2007 for outstanding contributions in planning, development, and the dissemination and interchange of technical information. He was a recipient of the SAE International Ralph R. Teetor Award in 2002, recognizing his contributions to automotive engineering education.  He is also the faculty advisor for Kettering's Formula SAE International Racing Team.

Hoff recently completed a term teaching a graduate course on Hybrid Electric Vehicles at Reutlingen University in Germany. This opportunity was supported through a 2011-12 Kettering University Oswald International Faculty Fellowship. While in Germany, he worked to improve relations with each of the four universities that Kettering enjoys partnering with for international educational opportunities.