Steven Hoffenson


I am currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Systems & Enterprises at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, where I direct the Design SPACE Lab. My research looks into the ways that people design products, drawing from different disciplines to understand product development and design optimization as a multi-stakeholder system that accounts for how designers’ decisions interact with those of consumers, corporate leaders, and policy-makers.

For the 2014-2015 academic year, I served as a Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington, DC. There, I worked in the Office of Senator Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts, where I advised the Senator on transportation, energy, nuclear, and science funding policy.

In my free time, I enjoy playing sports, running, traveling, and learning new things. This site showcases my career, professional interests, and accomplishments in research, teaching, and design.

Originally from a northern suburb of Atlanta, Georgia, I earned my B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2007, and my M.S.E. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan in 2008 and 2011, respectively. While at Maryland I conducted undergraduate research that investigated dynamic effects of buried explosives on above-ground targets, and I was also part of a team research project on developing and marketing an educational tool for teaching micro- and nano-technology. My graduate research at Michigan focused on design for motor vehicle occupant safety, using simulations and optimization methods applied to civilian and military case studies.

Following my doctoral studies, I spent over two years as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Product and Production Development at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. My research there was in interdisciplinary ways to design and assess sustainable, high-quality products, and I also taught product development and design optimization courses.