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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Mike Hoffa of Brazil received Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Career Achievement award from RHIT President Matt Branam during the college's Honors and Awards Ceremony.
Brazil native Michael Hoffa knows that his team of engineers, technicians and managers at Hologic, Inc., are making a difference in the healthcare of millions of women throughout the world.

And, he wakes up each morning ready to do more.

Hoffa serves as vice president product development and site manager for Hologic's Indianapolis-based Interventional Breast Solutions (IBS) division, which provides a comprehensive suite of technologies with products for breast biopsy and radiation treatment for early-stage breast cancer.

Hoffa is responsible for the entire product development staff of the IBS division, which was first operated by Suros Surgical Systems. He led all design-related engineering and service activities for the Indiana start-up company, being responsible for new product development, sustaining engineering, preventative maintenance and technical service for all products. He played a lead role in the company growing from 50 employees and $16 million in sales in 2004 to being acquired by Hologic for $280 million in 2006.

Those achievements helped Hoffa, a Northview High School graduate, receive a Career Achievement award recently from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He is a 1990 Rose-Hulman mechanical engineering graduate.

"We're not going to cure cancer, but we're trying to make sure that women are tested (through breast cancer diagnosis and treatment) in the most compassionate manner possible," Hoffa said. "My job is to keep Hologic at the forefront of technology to help others."

Currently, Hoffa holds the top position in nine technology areas serving women's health.

That list of patients includes members of Hoffa's family.

"So, what I and my (Hologic) team do hits home at every family gathering," he said. "I look around and county my blessings that my engineering skills have helped my family and I know (the team) has impacted so many other families as well.

"Not many people can have a job as satisfying as mine."

Impacting lives through medical device development has played a key role in the mechanical engineer's career. He spent 12 years with Cook Medical, being responsible for the worldwide concept-to-market product and development team management of all efforts within the company's stent and balloon angioplasty product lines.

He also served as the production engineer for the first coronary stent marketed in the United States and helped Cook become the industry leader in the development of multiple coronary and peripheral stents.

"I'm very fortunate that I can earn a paycheck while doing something helping mankind and being innovative as well," said Hoffa, whose name is part of patents on five stent and medical devices, with an additional 20 published patient applications currently on file.

As part of Rose-Hulman's Career Achievement award, the college presented a scholarship to Jordan Maurer of Brazil and Northview High School in Hoffa's honor.

Mike Hoffa congratulates fellow Brazil native Jordan Maurer (left) for receiving a scholarship as part of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's Career Achievement award.
Maurer has completed his sophomore year as a mechanical engineering major.

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