Norman Hoffman, Ph.D.


Adjunct Professor
Tel:  (409) 741 - 4589
Fax: (409) 741 - 7153

Education, Memberships, Honors, Additional Teaching


Ph.D. Civil Engineering, (expected December 2010) University of Houston Dissertation: A Constitutive Model for Fiber Reinforced Prestressed Concrete
M.S. Civil Engineering, Structural, 1990 Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Thesis: Static Response Characteristics of Prestressed, Laminated Hardwood, Bridge Decks
B.S. Civil Engineering, 1985 Villanova University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


  • Professional Engineer- California, Delaware, Texas, Maryland
  • Six-Sigma Yellowbelt Certification
  • General Contractor License (HC), State of Mississippi
  • Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association (SC&RA) - Hydraulic Gantry Committee
  • ASCE – Member, Crane Safety Committee, Construction Claims Committee
  • Chi Epsilon, National Honor Society
  • Stephen Geigrich Memorial Scholarship
  • GATF Fellowship, GAAN Fellowship


Adult & Continuing Education:
Developer and Instructor – “Bechtel Rigging Workshop” 16-hour classroom training session.
Developer and Instructor – “Telecommunications Crane and Rigging Training”, 4-hour classroom session.
Developer and Instructor– “Rigger Refresher Course”, 8-hour classroom training session.

Speaker – “Constitutive Properties of Steel Fiber Concrete” , American Concrete Institute Convention(ACI), New Orleans, LA, October 2009.
Invited Speaker – “Frontline Jobsite Management” presentation, SC&RA Crane and Rigging Workshop, Washington, DC 2003
Presenter – “Bechtel Crane Procedures”, Bechtel Field Engineering Workshop, Houston 2001.

Experience and Publications


  • University of Houston, Houston, TX (Doctoral Candidate) 2006 to 2010
    Teaching Assistant - Structural Dynamics, Structural Analysis, Material Mechanics
    Research Assistant - TC Hsu Structural Research Laboratory.
    Research assistant - Performed and coordinated multi-phase experimental research program funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Texas Department of Transportation to determine the constitutive properties of prestressed steel fiber concrete Membrane elements. Membrane element behavior forms the basis of analysis for shear structures such as girder webs, reactor containment, and offshore platform structures. Maintained and upgraded facilities in the structural testing laboratory, including electrical systems, upgrade of panel element testing machine, and implementing safe work processes. Supervised and mentored four students for the NSF’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. Developed NSF research grant proposals in conjunction with prospective Principal Investigators.
    Teaching assistant - Graduate and undergraduate engineering courses, taught lab classes, graded term papers, class assignments, design projects and tests. Organized tutorial sessions for students outside of class.
  • Ibis Engineering, Galveston, TX 2005 to present
    Engineering Manager
    Performed structural design and electrical design commercial and light industrial projects, including foundations, multi-family, and wharves. Responsible for bidding & estimating, design, construction coordination and supervising staff of three engineers. Coordinate permitting requirements with Federal, State and Municipal authorities.
  • Bechtel Corporation, Frederick, Maryland 1994 to 2005
    Regional Chief Construction Engineer (2002 - 2005)
    Provide technical direction to construction engineers, superintendents, and site managers in constructability, staffing, scheduling, contracts and procurement for two national wireless telecommunications build-out projects.
    Developed and implemented construction processes and procedures for the telecommunications division.
    Conducted performance assessments, Construction Management assessments, and ISO 9001 Quality evaluations.
    Technical review of new processes, constructability review of conceptual design, and business proposal review.
  • Chief Rigging Engineer - Frederick, MD, Louisville, KY, Jamnagar, India (1994-2002)
    Oversee a group of 12 engineers who develop and execute heavy lift rigging work on Bechtel jobsites. Provide technical direction and expertise for constructability, rigging planning, scheduling, and execution on jobs in power, refinery, telecommunications, and mining business lines. Develop rigging group staffing plan and assign staff to jobs as necessary. Coordinate and schedule Bechtel-owned heavy lift equipment, including hydraulic gantries, strand lift systems, transporters, and large cranes.
    Developed and standardized Bechtel corporate rigging procedures.
    Developed and implemented standardized training courses for Rigging Engineers and craft riggers.
  • Bigge Crane and Rigging, San Leandro, California 1993-1994
    Senior Engineer
    Responsible for all phases of light and heavy industrial rigging projects, including: design and analysis of special rigging components, construction procedures, reviewing bids, estimating costs, component fabrication, budget, and supervision of field construction personnel.
  • Bechtel Corporation, Gaithersburg, Maryland 1990-1993
    Structural Engineer
    Performed structural design and analysis of structures and foundations for nuclear, coal-fired, and gas-fired power plants.
  • General Dynamics, Electric Boat Division, Groton, Connecticut 1985-1988
    Structural Engineer
    Designed structural systems for US Navy nuclear powered submarines (SSN’s and SSBN’s). Performed static and underwater shock analysis for the design of engine room and reactor compartment structural systems, including containment bulkhead substructures, tanks, main propulsion components, and pressure hull penetrations.

Hoffman, N.S., Rao, P., Hsu, TC, Mo, Y.L., Tensile Properties of Prestressed Steel Fiber Concrete, Proceedings of ASCE Structural Engineering Institute, Structures Congress 2011, Accepted for 2011.
Hoffman, N.S., Uniaxial Tensile Smeared-Strain Hardening of Prestressed Steel Fiber Concrete, Proceedings ASCE Texas Section Meeting, Fall 2009
Hoffman, N.S., Mickey, J., Softening Coefficient for Prestressed Concrete with Steel Fibers, Proceedings ASCE Texas Section Meeting, Fall 2008
Hoffman, N.S., Lindeloff, B., An Upgraded Control and Data Acquisition System for the Universal Element Tester at the University of Houston, Proceedings ASCE Texas Section Meeting, Fall 2007
Hoffman, N.S., Caruso, C., Constitutive Laws of Prestressed Steel Fiber Concrete, Proceedings, ASCE Texas Secton Meeting, Fall 2007
Mirage, Ali, Hoffman, Norman S., “Bechtel Rigging Handbook, Second Edition”, Bechtel Equipment Operations, Louisville, KY, 1996
Hoffman, N.S., “Behavior of Transversely Prestressed Wood Bridge Decks Under Simulated Shortterm and Long-term Traffic Loads”, Master’s Thesis, Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, March 1990.
Hoffman, N.S., “Evaluation of Creosote Penetration in Treated Pennsylvania Red and White Oak”, Report, Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, 1988.
Hoffman, N.S., Hale, W.S., The Hydraulic Gantry Classification Dilemma”, International Cranes Magazine, KHL Group Publications, East Sussex, UK, Jan. 2004.