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Engineer of the Year

Roy Hoffer 2011 Engineer of the Year

Roy is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). In the IEEE Susquehanna Section he Chairs the Professional Activities Committee and was active in the Consultants Network. He is a member of the Pennsylvania and International Associations of Arson Investigators and the National Association of Fire Investigators. Additionally, he is a Licensed Professional Engineer (Electrical and Mechanical) in the Commonwealth of PA.

Roy is self employed as a Forensic Electrical, Electronics, and Mechanical Engineer and Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator with www.FiresandForensics.com. He specializes in analysis of fires and explosions in vehicles, structures, and appliances, and in analysis of electrical equipment, controls, electrocutions, arc flashes, safety, vehicle engineering, cruise controls, alternators, natural and propane gas, heating and cooling equipment, and small arms, ammunition and propellants. He has testified as an expert in Federal and State courts regarding electrical shocks, burns, explosions, fires, alleged arson, product defects, and vehicle defects.

Roy also works in industry where he designed energy storage and power inverter systems for solar and wind generated electricity, variable speed motor drives, and energy saving lighting systems. His design and research efforts resulted in 29 patents.

Roy has taught Electrical Engineering at Pennsylvania State University and has discovered a calling to teach. He is pursuing a full time teaching position while consulting part time.

Roy earned a BS in Physics from Millersville University and an MSEE from the University of Pennsylvania.

Roy lives in Lancaster and enjoys repairing all things electrical and mechanical, including rebuilding car engines and transmissions and repairing appliances.

Roy is an active volunteer. He was selected as a Fire Prevention and Safety Grant Technical Review Panel participant by the National Emergency Training Center, US Department of Homeland Security and FEMA. He is a co-founder, on the Board of Directors, and a volunteer for the Job Searchers Support Group, Manheim, PA, which provided individualized mentoring, group help, and networking opportunities during the job search process. He is a writing mentor for The Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania. He mentors women engineering and science students with MentorNet, diverse college students through the Millersville University Mentoring Alliance, and Electrical Engineering students through the IEEE Mentor Program. He's been a mentor, Job Shadowing Program participant, and Career Conference Presenter for Penn State University. He was the Treasurer, on the Board of Directors, and an Elementary School presenter for careers in Engineering with the Lancaster-Lebanon Science Alliance. Roy was active with the Lincoln Chapter of the National Society of Professional Engineers, NSPE, where he was a Chapter Director, Scholarships Committee Chair, and Newsletter Co-Editor. He is a Graduate of the Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Lancaster. His biography is cited in America’s Registry of Outstanding Professionals, National Register’s Who’s Who, and Marquis Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, America, Finance and Industry, and the World.

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