Josh Hoffman


Joshua Hoffman 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). He received his Ph.D. in Mining Engineering from the University of Kentucky with his dissertation, A Framework for Understanding the Public’s Perspectives of Mining Applied to the Kentucky Coal Industry.  Hoffman chose this theme for his dissertation because of his commitment to educating the public about the importance of the mining and minerals industry.

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 and 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. Please click here to view Josh's extensive experience.