Dr. Jennifer M. Hoffman is a manager in the Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science practice of the engineering and scientific consulting firm Exponent Failure Analysis Associates (www.exponent.com) in Menlo Park, Calif. Her expertise includes polymer technology, mechanics of materials, and adhesion science. She consults on issues involving application-specific selection and use of polymers based on design, manufacturability, material properties, and compatibility with end-use environment.
She assists with product development efforts related to consumer electronics, consumer products, and medical device clients and has testified in product liability cases on topics including pressure sensitive adhesives, rubber components, and thermoplastic fittings. She regularly performs fractography, mechanical property evaluation, thermal analysis and chemical analysis on polymeric components as part of root cause analyses.
Dr. Hoffman is actively involved in the Society of Plastics Engineers as secretary of the Failure Analysis and Prevention special interest group and vice president of the Golden Gate Section in northern
She received a B.S. in materials science and engineering from The University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in materials engineering science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and