Christopher Hoyle

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Christopher Hoyle

Associate Professor
Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering

418 Rogers Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331
United States

PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2009
MS, Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 1994
BS, General Engineering, University of Illinois, 1988


  • At OSU since 2011
  • Mechanical Engineer and Engineering Manager, Motorola Inc., Deer Park, IL, 1994–2004
  • Project Engineer, Illinois Tool Works, Frankfort, IL 1989–1991

Research Interests

Dr. Hoyle's research focuses on decision making in engineering design, with emphasis on the early design phase when uncertainty is high and the potential design space is large. More specifically, he works in the areas of decision-based design (linking consumer preferences and enterprise-level objectives with the engineering design process), uncertainty quantification and management, and complex system design. Areas of technical expertise include uncertainty propagation methodologies, Bayesian statistics and modeling, stochastic consumer choice modeling, optimization, and design automation. Prior to returning to academe, Dr. Hoyle spent 15 years in industry as a project engineer and engineering manager, concerned primarily with electronics packaging and with managing the trade-offs between performance, manufacturability, and cost.