The Eric H.I. and Janice Hoffman Faculty Scholar in Civil and Construction Engineering

Eric and Janice HoffmanServing in management of the Portland-based construction company started by his grandfather, Eric H.I. Hoffman is continuing a family tradition. He and his wife, Janice, also want their alma mater to continue its tradition of educational excellence. In 2011 they established the Eric H.I. and Janice Hoffman Endowed Faculty Scholar Fund in Civil and Construction Engineering.

Eric Hoffman graduated from OSU in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in construction engineering management and five years later joined Hoffman Construction. The firm, started by Lee Hawley Hoffman in 1922, has become one of the largest general contractors in the Northwest. It serves a wide range of sectors, including athletic facilities, treatment plants, museums, education, hi-tech manufacturing and health care.

Eric has maintained strong connections to OSU. Since 2011 he has served on the OSU Foundation Board of Trustees. He also works with many Oregon State graduates now employed with Hoffman Construction. "I'm surrounded by the great students who have come out of there," Hoffman said.

Eric and Jan met at Oregon State where she was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Jan earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from OSU in 1981 and has worked in marketing and as a volunteer for many organizations.


Michael J. Olsen

Michael OlsenThe inaugural Hoffman Faculty Scholar is Mike Olsen, an Assistant Professor of Geomatics in the School of Civil and Construction Engineering since 2009. His current areas of research include terrestrial laser scanning, remote sensing, GIS (Geographic Information Systems), geotechnical engineering, earthquake engineering, hazard mitigation, and 3D visualization.

He teaches geomatics and geotechnical engineering courses at OSU where he has developed new, ground-breaking courses in 3D laser scanning, Digital Terrain Modeling, and Building Information Modeling. Among other projects he has been involved with earthquake reconnaissance following the American Samoa, Chile, and Japan earthquakes and tsunamis, landslide and slope stability analysis, seacliff erosion mapping using LIDAR for San Diego County and Oregon, liquefaction hazard mapping for Utah, and modeling and studying historical buildings such as the Palazzo Medici and Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy.

Olsen earned bachelor's and master's degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Utah and a doctoral from the University of California, San Diego. He has also worked in engineering for West Valley City.


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