Brent Hoffmeister

Professor of Physics
(901) 843-3913

Brent Hoffmeister joined Rhodes in 1996 and served as Physics Department Chair from 2006-2016.  He is the faculty advisor of Rhodes’ award-winning chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS).  In 2011, he received national recognition as an Outstanding SPS Chapter Advisor.  Dr. Hoffmeister has taught several different physics courses at Rhodes with topics ranging from the physics of music to advanced electromagnetic theory.  Dr. Hoffmeister is the Director of the Physics Laboratory for Ultrasonic Studies (PLUS) at Rhodes where he and his students are working to develop ultrasonic techniques to diagnose osteoporosis.

Learn more about Dr. Hoffmeister’s research here .


Hoffmeister BK, Smathers MR, Miller CJ, McPherson JA, Thurston CR, Spinolo PL and Lee SR, “Backscatter difference measurements of cancellous bone using an ultrasonic imaging system,” Ultrasonic Imaging, 38(4), 285-97 (2016)

Hoffmeister BK, McPherson JA, Smathers MR, Spinolo PL, and Sellers ME, “Ultrasonic backscatter from cancellous bone: the apparent backscatter transfer function,” IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control, 62 (12), 2115-2125 (2015)

Hoffmeister BK, Spinolo PL, Sellers ME, Marshall PL, Viano AM, and Lee SR, “Effect of intervening tissues on ultrasonic backscatter measurements of bone: an in vitro study,” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 138(4), 2449-2457 (2015)

Hoffmeister BK, Wilson AR, Gilbert MJ and Sellers ME “A backscatter difference technique for ultrasonic bone assessment,” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 132(6), 4069-4076 (2012)

Hoffmeister BK, Holt AP and Kaste SC, “Effect of the cortex on ultrasonic backscatter measurements of cancellous bone,” Physics in Medicine and Biology, 56, 6243-6255 (2011)

Hoffmeister BK, “Frequency dependence of apparent ultrasonic backscatter from human cancellous bone,” Physics in Medicine and Biology, 56, 667-683 (2011)


B.A., Wabash College (Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa)

M.A., Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis