Former NASA Leader Named IKNS Academic Director

Edward J. Hoffman, Ph.D. has been appointed the new Academic Director of Columbia University’s Master of Science in Information and Knowledge Strategy (IKNS) program.

Dr. Hoffman served as a senior leader at NASA where he worked for over 33 years. He was tasked with establishing the NASA Academy of Program Project and Engineering Leadership (APPEL) as a response to the 1986 Challenger tragedy. During the last six years of his career he was founding Chief Knowledge Officer, leading a system for optimizing learning and a culture of success. Both experiences amplified that “complexity and change is the great organizational challenge, and it can only be addressed through a focus on people, culture, and relevant technology.”

Dr. Hoffman is also CEO of Knowledge Strategies, LLC, which is engaged in research, education, and consulting services. Currently, he teaches two IKNS courses: Information and Knowledge in the 21st Century Economy, and Knowledge Strategy. In addition, he has served as faculty at The George Washington University in the School of Business, Drexel University in the School of Engineering, and the University of Sydney.

Dr. Hoffman’s teaching philosophy is a natural fit with the School of Professional Studies’ innovative education models. “Work is changing profoundly… Leaders and practitioners are looking for answers to new challenges and situations. In the higher education space, what is needed is learning that is relevant, adaptive, and lifelong,” he wrote in a statement.

Dr. Hoffman was also attracted to the program because of its community centered around academic rigor, scholar-practitioners, and industry connections. “One of the most important lessons I learned from my 33 years at NASA is that true learning happens at the community level.”

Find out more about the master’s program in Information and Knowledge Strategy.