Josh Hoffman


As the Director of Technical Services, Joshua Hoffman, is the primary on any technical or security matters before the Institute.  With over 20 years of experience in the handling of explosives, combined with advanced degrees in mining engineering, Dr. Hoffman serves as the resident subject matter expert on explosives. His main function is to serve both the commercial explosives industry and IME’s government partners by lending his technical expertise as well as being a conduit between the two.

He obtained his B.S. in Mining Engineering, with minors in explosives and chemistry, from Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla), and his Ph.D. in Mining Engineering from the University of Kentucky. He was the inaugural SME-AAAS Congressional Fellow and served on the US House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources.  The Committee retained him as Senior Professional Staff where he worked on mining and mineral-related policy.  

Joshua is a licensed Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Kentucky whose technical area of expertise are blasting and explosives engineering. He also holds a Kentucky State Blasters License. Some of his past research and publication experience includes the commercial application of explosives, blast mitigation from malicious explosive events, warhead design, shockwave dynamics, detonics, and public relations.
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