Brent Hoffmeister

Brent Hoffmeister

Chair, Professor of Physics

Brent Hoffmeister joined Rhodes in 1996 and has served as Physics Department Chair since 2006. 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. He also is a faculty supervisor for the Rhodes CubeSat team that is working with NASA and the University of Oklahoma to develop a satellite to test novel photovoltaic cells in low earth orbit. 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 collaborates with Dr. Ann Viano to develop ultrasonic techniques to diagnose osteoporosis. In 2021, he was named a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America for “contributions to the understanding of ultrasound characterization of bone.”

Learn more about Dr. Hoffmeister’s research.


Hoffmeister BK, Delahunt SI, Downey KL, Viano AM, Thomas DM, Georgiou LA, Gray AJ, Newman WR, Main EN, Pirro G, “In vivo comparison of backscatter techniques for ultrasonic bone assessment at the femoral neck,” Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (2022).

Viano AM, Ankersen JP, Hoffmeister BK, Huang J and Fairbanks LC, “Ultrasonic bone assessment: ability of apparent backscatter techniques to detect changes in the microstructure of human cancellous bone,” IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control, 68(11), 3309-3325 (2021)

Hoffmeister BK, Gray AJ, Sharp PC, Fairbanks LC, Huang J, “Ultrasonic bone assessment using the backscatter amplitude decay constant,” Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, 46(9), 2412-2423 (2020)

Wear KA, Hoffmeister BK and Laugier P, “Quantitative ultrasound and the management of osteoporosis,” Acoustics Today, 14(2), 34-42 (2018)

Hoffmeister BK, Viano AM, Huang J, Fairbanks LC, Ebron SC, Moore JT, Ankersen JP, Huber MT and Diaz AA “Ultrasonic backscatter difference measurements of cancellous bone from the human femur: relation to bone mineral density and microstructure,” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 143(6), 3642-3653 (2018)

Hoffmeister BK, Huber MT, Viano AM and Huang J, “Characterization of a polymer, open-cell rigid foam that simulates the ultrasonic properties of cancellous bone,” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 143(2), 911-920 (2018)

Hoffmeister BK, Viano AM, Fairbanks LC, Ebron SC, McPherson JA and Huber MT, “Effect of gate choice on backscatter difference measurements of cancellous bone,” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 142(2), 540-550 (2017)

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)


B.A., Wabash College (Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa)
M.A., Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis