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Richard "Otto" Hoffman

Milford Hanna photoRichard Hoffman, P.E., professor of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering, was in the right place at the right time to lead a wave of computerization in IMSE.

Hoffman’s research areas have included industrial packaging, computer networks, facility design, robots, and project management control.


He earned his Ph.D. in 1971 at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and his M.S. (1966) and B.S. (1963) at Iowa State University.

His longtime IMSE department chair, Morris Schneider, said Hoffman was “one of the early leaders in the college in the use of computers applied to student projects; when we hired him, other departments sought him out to ‘pick his brain.’” Through a shared appointment, Hoffman also served the Conservation and Survey program in UNL’s School of Natural Resources on East Campus. Schneider added that Hoffman’s computing skills, early in that field’s development, were his greatest asset for the college.

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