Mike Hofman graduated from Michigan Tech with a BS degree in 1975 and an MS degree in 1977, both in mechanical engineering. Mike started his career with Ford in 1977. He started in their College Graduate Training Program and advanced through various positions of leadership to include Product Design Engineer, Product Development Engineer, Resident Engineer, Supervisor and Manager, and held these positions on one or more of 38 separate Vehicle Nameplate Programs, including the Superduty Truck, the F-Series Trucks, Explorer, Escape, Expedition, Navigator, Taurus/Sable, Lincoln LS, Escort, Aeorstar, Mondeo (Europe), Jaguar S-Type and X-Type, and Mazda 6 and Mazda MPV, to name a few.
He was the Manager of several of Ford’s major vehicle platforms to include the Explorer Powertrain Program and the Commercial Truck Powertrain Program. He was responsible for several engine programs to include the 1.3.L, 1.6L, 1.9L, 3.0L, 4.0L, and 5.0 L, which included diesel and gasoline engines, during various stages of his career. This is a remarkable record of contribution to such a large variety of engines and Powertrain platforms.
Mike also has one patent for an idle air bypass valve silencer and has another patent pending.
In March of 1977 Mike retired from Ford after 30 years of service. However he apparently was not ready to end his career. In June of 2007 Mike joined Roush Industries in Allen Park, MI, as Vehicle Engineering Program Manager. In this position he manages customer vehicle evelopment programs for future production applications.