With more than 40 years of experience over a broad range of industries, Dr. Hoekstra is an expert in industrial engineering, design and management systems. During his career, he has been awarded more than a dozen grants totaling over $1 million from granting agencies such as Daimler Chrysler, U.S. Department of Energy, Florida Energy Office, and NASA Kennedy Space Center, among others. An award-winning producer of industrial training films, Dr. Hoekstra returned to school to earn a Master’s of Design and a PhD in engineering. He holds six U.S. patents, and a number of international patents in the field of alternative fuels for automotive applications and furniture designs for the disabled. Dr. Hoekstra was lead engine designer for several NASCAR teams, including Penske Racing, where he designed race-winning engines for NASCAR champion Rusty Wallace. Dr. Hoekstra currently teaches at the University of Central Florida, both in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems, and the School of Visual Arts.


  • Holds 6 Patents, U.S. and International, for Alternative Fuels for Automotive Applications and Furniture Designs for the Disabled
  • Licensed Florida Interior Designer
  • PhD, College of Engineering, University of Cincinnati, 1992
  • MDes, Master of Design, School of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning, University of Cincinnati, 1988
  • AB, English, Calvin College, 1969


  • American Society of Interior Designers, Member
  • National Association of Inventors, Inductee, 2017
  • Industrial Engineering Departmental Teaching Award, 2006
  • Sigma XI, Member
  • Certificate of Appreciation, SME, William E. Weisel Scholarship Review Committee, 1997
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Conference Vice Chair, World Conference on Robotics Research, 1994
  • Robotics International/SME Chairman’s Award, 1991
  • Producer Emmy, Outstanding Achievement in Public Service Films for “Pigopolis,” 1979
  • Industrial Training Film Awards, Outstanding Achievement in 3-D Animation, “Geometric Tolerancing” for Caterpillar Tractor Co. Moscow Film Festival, 1980
    • Paris International Film Festival, 1980
    • Cine Golden Eagle, U.S. Congressional Selected for International Representation, 1979
    • New York International Film Festival, 1979
    • Chicago International Film Festival, 1979
  • Industrial Training Film Awards, Outstanding Achievement in Safety Films, “The Great Betrayal” for Clark Equipment Co. Forklift Operator Training
    • Cine Golden Eagle, U.S. Congressional Selected for International Representation, 1976
    • New York International Film Festival, 1976
    • San Francisco International Film Festival, 1976

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