The Institute of Makers of Explosives’ (IME) senior director of scientific and regulatory affairs, Dr. Joshua Hoffman, was presented with the prestigious ISEE President’s Award at the opening session of the International Society of Explosives Engineers (ISEE) 2024 Annual Conference.
A professional engineer and licensed blaster, Hoffman is a lifetime member of ISEE and has served on a number of the organization’s committees.
“IME is thrilled that Josh’s many positive contributions to a safer and more secure commercial explosives industry are being recognized by his industry peers,” said IME president Clark Mica. “This week, Josh celebrated his six-year anniversary at IME and his longtime commitment to expanding the knowledge of our industry and sharing his expertise has helped improve our overall safety posture as an industry. IME and our entire board of governors are proud of Josh’s accomplishments and congratulate him for earning this well-deserved award.”
Over the past two decades, Hoffman’s work has contributed to, and preserved, the body of knowledge surrounding commercial explosives through his publications on detonator accuracy, blast mitigation, warheads, detonics and public perceptions of the mining and commercial explosives industries.
As IME’s senior director of scientific and regulatory affairs, Hoffman serves IME members and the industry by applying his technical expertise to positively impact public policy and to ensure the technical accuracy of IME’s tools and resources that support the safe and secure manufacture, transport, distribution and use of commercial explosives. This extends to the international community where Hoffman represents IME, an officially recognized non-governmental organization by the United Nations, by serving as the Secretariat to the UN’s Explosives Working Group.
“ISEE is pleased to recognize Josh’s contributions and service to our organization and its membership,” said Steve Shivak, ISEE executive director. “He’s been a fantastic partner who has selflessly given his time and technical knowledge to our organization and our industry as a whole. ISEE congratulates him on this well-deserved award.”
A native Texan, Hoffman graduated from Missouri University of Science and Technology with a bachelor’s in mining engineering and minors in explosives and chemistry before earning a Ph.D. in mining engineering from the University of Kentucky.