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Gordon D. Hoople

Assistant Professor of Engineering, University of San Diego

Gordon D. Hoople is an assistant professor and one of the founding faculty members of integrated engineering at the University of San Diego. He is passionate about creating engaging experiences for his students. His work is primarily focused on two areas: engineering education and design.

In his education research, Professor Hoople focuses on developing pedagogies that help students develop a critical understanding of the ways in which engineers impact society. He is the principal investigator on the National Science Foundation Grant “Reimagining Energy: Exploring Inclusive Practices for Teaching Energy Concepts to Undergraduate Engineering Majors.” His recently co-authored book, Drones for Good: How to Bring Sociotechnical Thinking Into the Classroom, provides faculty with a hands-on approach for engaging students in challenging
conversations at the intersection of technology and society.

With a background in mechanical engineering, Professor Hoople also has a passion for design. In addition to teaching the capstone design course, he mentors students on design projects at the intersection of STEM and Art (STEAM). He is the co-founder of Art Builds, a collective that fosters interdisciplinary collaboration in participatory art installations. Most recently he was the project lead for About Time and the engineering lead for Unfolding Humanity, two large sculptures featured at Burning Man. These projects have brought together teams of faculty, students, and community members.

Professor Hoople has additional expertise in rapid prototyping, microfluidics, genomics, and engineering ethics. Before joining the University of San Diego, he worked as a structural dynamics consultant where he tested aircraft, rockets and roller coasters.


  • 2016–present
    Assistant Professor, University of San Diego