Peter Hoffman, a protector of intellectual property at the world’s largest aerospace company, received an Accomplished Alumni award yesterday.
The 1984 graduate in the mechanical engineering master’s program was honored by the award, which recognizes notable alumni for their success and distinction within their field.
Hoffman is vice president of intellectual property management for The Boeing Company. He is responsible for strategies that protect and generate the highest possible value from Boeing’s intellectual property. Hoffman manages the company’s patent portfolio through licensing of its technical data, images, consumer products, trademarks, and patents.
Hoffman joined Boeing in 1984. Before moving into his current position he served as director of global research and development strategy, where he was responsible for developing technology collaboration relationships with companies, universities, and national laboratories. He has also played a leadership role in the expansion of Boeing’s global technology activities and the establishment of research centers and numerous technology relationships worldwide. Prior to coming to Boeing, Hoffman held positions in international business development and spent fourteen years conducting research in the area of advanced materials and structures.
“I’m honored to be recognized with this award and much of the credit for what I have been able to accomplish professionally goes to solid educational foundation I received at the University of Tennessee,” Hoffman said.
The award was presented by Matthew Mench, head of the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering, during an aerospace engineering senior design class.
Hoffman joins a variety of outstanding alumni who have been featured through the Accomplished Alumni program, including CEOs of major corporations, Olympians, authors, lawyers, musicians, US ambassadors and civic leaders.
To view other Accomplished Alumni, visit the Office of Alumni website.
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