By Mary A. Sego
Primary Creator: Hoffman, James D. (1868-1940)
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Subjects: Purdue University--Faculty
Forms of Material: Articles
James Hoffman graduated from Purdue University in 1890 with a BME, receiving the ME in 1893. He entered the graduate school at Cornell in 1894 and remained one year. Returning to Purdue, he taught practical mechanics and machine design until 1911, when he went to the University of Nebraska as head of the mechanical engineering department. In 1917 he returned to Purdue, serving as head of the Practical Mechanics Department.
James D. Hoffman, succeeded Michael Golden as head of Practical Mechanics. He was characterized by Dean A.A. Potter as "the salt of the earth." Hoffman was faced during much of his tenure with a shortage of funds for equipment and insufficient space for instruction to be carried on as it should be. One change he was able to make during his leadership was to decrease elementary exercises and prepare advanced courses that led in the direction of industrial engineering. He retired in 1938 and passed away August 14, 1940.
Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.
Preferred Citation: MSF 179, James D. Hoffman papers, Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries
A Hydraulic Dynamometer, Hoffman, James D. Presented at the St. Louis meeting (May, 1896) of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and forming part of Volume XVII of the Transactions.
The Student Of Mechanic Arts, An Apprentice, Hoffman, J. D. Reprinted from the Proceedings of the Fourteenth Annual Convention of the Association of American Agricultural Colleges and Experiment Stations, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Experiment Stations, Bulletin 99, 1899, pp. 186-189.
The Teaching Of Elementary Machine Design, Hoffman, J. D. Reprinted from the Proceedings of the Society for the Promotion of Engineering Education, vol. XV, 1907, pp. 586-594. [3 copies]
Reasons Why the Science of Heating and Ventilating Engineering Should Be Observed, Hoffman, J. D. (Presented at the Summer Meeting, Niagara Falls, New York, 1908). There is no notation about which organization was holding the meeting.
A Study In Centralizing The Heat Supply, Hoffman, J. D. Read before the National District Heating Association, Held at Toledo, Ohio, June 1, 2, 3, 1910.
Outline of a Course of Instruction for Technical Schools With Questions and Problems, To Be Used In Connection With the Handbook for Heating and Ventilating Engineers, Hoffman, J. D. (1913). The publishers information given.