Gordon Hoople, PhD

Gordon Hoople
Phone: (619) 260-2753
Office: Guadalupe Hall 112

Assistant Professor, Integrated Engineering

  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley
  • MS, University of California, Berkeley
  • BS, Harvey Mudd College

Dr. 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.

Professor Hoople’s engineering education research examines the ways in which novel approaches can lead to better student outcomes. He is the principal investigator on the National Science Foundation Grant “Reimagining Energy: Exploring Inclusive Practices for Teaching Energy Concepts to Undergraduate Engineering Majors.” He has also co-developed a unique interdisciplinary course, Drones for Good, where engineering students partner with peace studies students to design a quadcopter that will have a positive impact on 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 recently completed the sculpture Unfolding Humanity, a 12 foot tall, two ton dodecahedron that explored the relationship between technology and humanity. Featured at Burning Man and Maker Faire, this sculpture brought together a team of over 80 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.

Scholarly Work

  • With Choi-Fitzpatrick, A. and Reddy, E., "Educating Changemakers: Cross Disciplinary Collaboration Between a School of Engineering and a School of Peace." Frontiers in Education, San Jose, CA, 2018.
  • With Chen, D., Mejia, J., and Lord, S., "Reimagining Energy: Deconstructing and Decolonizing Traditional Engineering Silos," ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Salt Lake City, UT, 2018.
  • With Richards, A., Wu, Y., Kaneko, K., Luo, X., Feng, G., Zhang, K., and Pisano, A., "Gel-Seq: Whole-Genome and Transcriptome Sequencing by Simultaneous Low-Input DNA and RNA Library Preparation Using Semi-Permeable Hydrogel Barriers," Lab on a Chip, vol. 17, pp. 2619-2630, 2017.
  • With Spruit, S. and Rolfe, D., "Just a cog in the machine? The individual responsibility of researchers in nanotechnology is a duty to collectivize," Science and engineering ethics, vol. 22, no. 3, pp. 871-887, 2016.
  • With Rolfe, D., McKinstry, K., Noble, J., Dornfeld, D., and Pisano, A., "Comparison of microscale rapid prototyping techniques," Journal of Micro and Nano-Manufacturing, vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 34502-34508, 2014.
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