Driving Innovation Through Global Technology Collaboration
Peter Hoffman is vice president of Intellectual Property Management for The Boeing Company, the worlds largest aerospace company. Hoffman is responsible for strategies that protect and generate the highest possible value from this significant corporate asset. Hoffman specifically manages the companys patent portfolio; protection of trade secrets; and licensing of tech nical data, images, consumer products, trademarks and patents. Hoffman, 55, reports to John Tracy, Boeings chief technology officer and senior vice president of Boeing Engineering, Operations Technology. Prior to being appointed to his current position, Hoffman served as director of global research and development strategy for Boeing Research Technology, the companys advanced research organization. In that role, he was responsible for developing technology collaboration relationships with companies, universities and national laboratories around the world. During the past decade, Hoffman played a leadership role in the expansion of Boeings global technology engagement and presence and was instrumental in the establishment of research centers in Australia, India and China and numerous technology relationships in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the Americas. Hoffman joined Boeing in 1984. He has held positions in international business development and spent 14 years conducting research in the area of advanced materials and structures. In addition to managing Boeing intellectual property, Hoffman also serves as executive sponsor of the Diversity Inclusion Council for Engineering, Operations Technology. Hoffman earned a bachelors of science degree in mechanical engineering technology and a masters of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Tennessee, a masters of manufacturing engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, and a masters of international business from St. Louis University. Hoffman is a board member of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Center Group at the University of Sheffield in the UK, an Advisory Board member at the University of Tennessee College of Engineering, and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.