Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139
Professor Hoffman is interested in the future of human spaceflight and in the use of the International Space Station as a testbed for future aerospace technology. Away from MIT, he enjoys skiing, sailing, hiking, bicycling, skating, and music.
B.A., 1966, Amherst College Ph.D., 1971, Harvard University M.S., 1988, Rice University
Honors and Awards
NASA Distinguished Service Medals (1994, 1997); Exceptional Service Medals: (1988, 1991,1993, 2002); Space Flight Medals (1985, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996); National Aeronautic Association Collier Trophy (1993); Aviation Week and Space Technology Laurels for Achievements in Space (1993); American Astronautical Society Victor A. Prather Award (1994); Freedom Forum Free Spirit Award (1994); AIAA Space Operations and Support Systems Award (1995); International Aeronautical Federation V.M. Komarov Diploma (1991); International Aeronautical Federation Sergei P. Koprolyov Diploma (1994)
International Academy of Astronautics, Spanish Academy of Engineering, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, American Astronomical Society, International Astronomical Union, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi
Positions Held at MIT
Research staff, Center for Space Research, 1975-1978; senior lecturer, 2001-2002; professor of the practice, 2002-present; director, Massachusetts Space Grant Consortium, 2005-present; director, Man Vehicle Lab, 2015-present.
Positions Held outside MIT
NASA astronaut, 1978-1997, five flights; NASA European representative, 1997-2001
Specialization and Research Interests
Human space flight operations, space flight technology, human-machine interactions, extravehicular activity, conducting laboratory research in space
Space systems design, space policy