Dr. Hoeppner is President of
FASIDE International, Inc. and is a Professor of Mechanical
Engineering at the University of Utah. He served as
Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering from
1985-1992. He came to Utah from the University of
Toronto where he held the endowed Cockburn Professorship of
Engineering Design from 1978-1985 and was Director of the
Cockburn Centre for Engineering Design at
the University of Toronto.
He was also the director and founder of the Structural
Integrity, Fatigue, and Fracture Research Laboratory at the
U. of Toronto. At the U. of Utah he also serves as
director of the Quality and Integrity Design Engineering
received his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering Degree from
Marquette University in 1958, his Master of Metallurgical
Engineering Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
in 1960, and his Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering and
Applied Mechanics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
in 1963. He
then worked at Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus
Laboratories from 1964 to 1969.
In 1969, Dr. Hoeppner became a Principal
Investigator for fatigue and fracture design and material
behavior at Lockheed Corporation and later served as Head of
the Fatigue and Fracture Laboratories and Chair of the
corporation's Fracture Mechanics Task Group.
In 1974, Dr. Hoeppner
joined the engineering faculty at the University of
Missouri, Columbia, as Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace
Engineering, Bioengineering and Nuclear Engineering.
While at Missouri, he started one of the
first programs on Structural Integrity at a University.
Dr. Hoeppner has directed over
$50 million of research and development at the industries
and universities where he has been employed, has supervised
40 Ph.D. students and over 100 M.S. students, has edited
4 books, co-authored one book for NATO-AGARD-SMP with Dr.
William Wallace on Corrosion Case Studies in Aircraft
Components, written over 200 technical papers, and served as
a consultant to numerous government and industrial firms
both in the U.S. and in foreign countries. He also has
lectured in the UCLA course on Structural Integrity since
1971 and also has lectured in the SAE course on Fatigue
Concepts in Design since 1971. He has lectured in the
UCLA course on Corrosion of Aging Aircraft since 1991.
In 1978 he developed, coordinated and was the principal
lecturer of an FAA course entitled "Aircraft Structural
Fatigue" and this course was presented 16 times from
1978-1991. He also coordinated a similar workshop held
annually in Salt Lake City, UT until the year 2000. As
well, he presents workshops on fatigue and damage tolerance
frequently at industries and government agencies. Dr.
Hoeppner has served on numerous review boards for the FDA,
all DOD agencies, Department of National Defense-Canada, the
National Research Council and the Atomic Review Board of
Canada. He also has consulted on numerous product
Throughout his career, Dr.
Hoeppner has been committed to improving engineering
education as well as the practice of engineering. He
is a registered professional engineer in three states
Wisconsin, Missouri, and Ohio and the Province of Ontario in
Canada, and has been very active in numerous technical
His current research interests are in the
following areas: engineering design of components and
systems with emphasis on Holistic Damage Tolerance Concepts,
materials engineering, design methods, fatigue, fretting
fatigue, corrosion fatigue, fracture mechanics, physics of
failure and deformation, quality based design, tribology,
creep, corrosion, manufacturing, engineering education,
materials behavior, and reliability based design. He
also has consulted on numerous legal cases involving product
liability related to product integrity, reliability and
quality issues. Click
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