BIOGRAPHY

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 Center.

Dr. Hoeppner 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 liability cases.

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 societies.

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 here to view Dr. Hoeppner's resume.

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