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Dr. Hoekstra has broad expertise in intellectual property, product design, patents, trade secrets and product liability. He has over 30 years' experience in product design and engineering, including time as an NASCAR engine researcher and designer with Penske Racing.

Bob is a published author of a robotics text and appears in numerous journals and conference papers that include automation systems, alternative fuels and automotive engine design.

He has a Master's Degree in Design and a PhD in engineering with course work that spanned product design, safety, industrial systems design, robotics, kinematics and mechanical engineering.

He is the holder of six US patents that include alternative automotive fuels and furniture design. He is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems.