Ask a Cyclone Engineer: Steve Hoff

Steve Hoff
Steve Hoff

After years with Iowa State University’s Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ISU ABE), Professor Steve Hoff answers questions reflecting on his career at ISU prior to his retirement in July 2019

With 29 years of ISU experience, Steve Hoff has defined his life work by the skills and knowledge he has shared with his students. Since 1990, when he first came to ISU, Hoff has helped students in everything from fundamentals classes to senior and graduate level instrumentation.

Where did you get your interest in ABE?
“I grew up in the cities, in the St. Paul area. Both of my grandparents had farms in northwest Minnesota. I spent a lot of time out on those farms growing up and gained an interest in agriculture. In high school, I was interested in math and science. I discovered this agricultural engineering degree, and I thought it was a reasonable match for my interests and skills.”

What is your fondest memory of working at Iowa State?
“It’s always about the students. Throughout the years, I have interacted with many of our great students. It keeps you young and energetic and that’s something I’m certainly going to miss the most. I’ll miss the faculty and wonderful support staff, but at the end of the day the students are what I’ll remember the most.”

If students take away one point from your classes, what do you hope students will take?
“They’re all going to laugh when they hear this, but ‘Pay attention to your units.’ They will know exactly what I mean.”

Hoff will continue doing consulting work as well as personal projects that, in his words, “have built up over the years.” His hobbies include working with motorcycles and woodworking.

4 thoughts on “Ask a Cyclone Engineer: Steve Hoff

  1. Congratulations to you Dr Hoff! I learned a lot in ABE, and enjoyed your instrumentation class. I may still have that Basic Stamp laying around in a box somewhere…I hope you enjoy retirement

  2. Dr. Hoff is a great man and role model to everyone not just his students. He is a wonderful grandfather and father. He always seems to have an answer to any question you ask him! Congrats Hoff! Also in case people didn’t know he played college football. Happy retirement! You deserve it!

  3. Dr. Hoff, I have a lot to mention about your good works but the most outstanding one is that I am proud that I took your instrumentation class. You always told me that I can do it. Yes, I did it and my MSc. Research project runs on the foundation knowledge you gave me. Besides units, you also reminded us the power of logic zeros and ones in changing the world. I will miss you!!!

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