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Craig J. Hoff

Research Interests

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

 

Education

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1992

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 1981

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 1979

Professional Engineer, State of Michigan, since 1981

 

Experience

Professor, Kettering University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Flint, MI,  (1999 – Current)

Associate Professor, Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI,  (1981-1999)

Consultant, Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, MI,  (2014 – Current)

Consultant, Select Engineering Services, Ogden, UT  (2005 – 2012)

Consultant, Arvin Meritor, Troy, MI, (2004-2007)

 

Research Activities

Lead Technical Expert – U.S. Army’s Fuel Efficient Demonstrator (FED) vehicle program, Select Engineering Services,  Ricardo, & U.S. Army TARDEC, Warren, MI, (2008-2012)

“Legacy Vehicle Fuel System Testing with Intermediate Ethanol Fuel Blends,” $125,000, U.S. Department of Energy, Co-PI: Dr. Greg Davis (ME), (2010-2011).

“Development of a Green Mobility Laboratory,” $500,000,  U.S. Department of Energy, Co-PI: Dr. Mark Thompson (EE) and Dr. Jim Gover (EE),  (2010-2011)

“Analytical and Simulation Study of Advantages of High Voltage (≥ 600 V) versus Low Voltage (≤ 300 V) Hybrid System Operation,” PAICE, LLC, Bonita Springs, FL, Co-PI: Dr. Mark Thompson (EE) and Dr. Jim Gover (EE) (2010)

“Effect of Low-Blend Ethanol and the Fuel Systems of Classic Cars, $50,000, “Hagerty Insurance Company, Traverse City, MI, Co-PI: Dr. Gregory Davis (ME),  (2008-2009)

“Development of a Course on Environmentally Benign Design and Manufacturing,”, $300,000, National Science Foundation, Washington, DC, Co: PI: Dr. Terri Lynch-Caris (IME), Dr. Andy Borchers (BUS), Dr. Jenifer Aurandt (CHEM), Dr. Ben Redekop (LS), and Dr. Jackie El-Sayed (ME) , (2006-2008)

“Innovative Emulsion Recycling Technology for the Metal Working Process,” $50,000, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality/Crystal Filtration, Co-PI:  Dr. Terri Lynch-Caris (IME) (2007)

“Development of a chassis dynamometer to support a Hybrid Electric Vehicle Course,” $88,000, NextEnergy Corporation, Detroit, MI, (2005).

“Development of a Fuel-Cell Powered Range Extended  Electric Vehicle,”, $150,000, U.S. Army Tank and Automotive Command (TACOM), Warren, MI Co-PI: , Prof. Brenda Lemke (ME), Dr. Mark Thompson (EE), (2004)

 

Selected Publications

Dewan, A., Ramadan, B.H., and Hoff, C., “A Numerical Study on Combustion and Emissions in A Dual Fuel Directly Injected Engine Using Biogas and Diesel”. ASME- ICEF2014-5541, ASME Internal Combustion Engine Division 2014 Fall Technical Conference, Columbus, IN. [2014].

Wu, Y.Y, Duan, C., Hong, K.X., Tsai, H.C., Hoff, C.J., “Design, Modeling and Development of a Serial Hybrid Motorcycle with HCCI Engine”, Advances in Automobile Engineering Journal. [2013].

Davis, G.W., Hoff, C.J., Borton, Z., and Ratcliff, M.A., “Legacy Vehicle Fuel System Testing with Intermediate Ethanol Blends,” Technical Report, NREL/TP-5400-53606, March [2012]

Aurandt, J., Borchers, A.S., Lynch-Caris, T.L., El-Sayed, J., and Hoff, C.J., “Bringing Environmental Sustainability to Undergraduate Engineering Education: Experiences in an Inter-Disciplinary Course,” Journal of STEM Education, Volume 13, Issue 2, April 2012.

Fahland, J., Hoff, C.J., Brelin-Fornari, J, “Evaluating Impact Attenuator Performance for a Formula SAE Vehicle,” SAE Paper 2011-01-1106, SAE World Congress, Detroit, MI, 2011. Also published in: SAE Int. J. of Passeng. Cars – Mech. Syst. June 2011 4:836-847•

Thompson, M.G, Hoff, C.J., and Gover J.E., “A Model to Estimate the Effect of DC Bus Voltage on HEV Powertrain Efficiency,” IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference, Lille, France, September 2010.

Gover, J.E., Thompson, M.G., Hoff, C.J., “Design of a Hybrid Electric Vehicle Education Program Based on Corporate Needs,” IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference, Lille, France, September 2010.

Rising, D., Kane, J., Vernon, N., Adkins, J., Hoff, C.J., Brelin-Fornari, J., “Analysis of a Frontal Impact of a Formula SAE Vehicle,” SAE Paper 2006-01-3627, SAE Motorsports Engineering Conference, Dearborn, MI, October 2006.

 

Contact Information

Email: choff@kettering.edu

Phone: (810) 762-9856

Office: 2-103 Mott