Aaron Hoover Memorial Fund
The Aaron Hoover Memorial Fund was established in 2021 to support Women of Color engineers at Olin College and to honor the memory of beloved Olin faculty member Aaron Hoover.
Olin wishes to raise funds to annually support a number of Pell-eligible students and create an infrastructure of ongoing community support for Hoover Scholars. This support network will include mentorship from faculty, alumni and peers, and will support Hoover Scholars’ pursuit of creative endeavors that may or may not relate to engineering.
"It is our hope that the Fund will provide support to students in a way that embodies Aaron's core values. Aaron thought it was critically important to be versatile as an engineer, and for engineering to be informed by a broad set of experiences that include art, culture, community, exposure to diverse perspectives, and emotional exploration and growth.
Aaron was committed to the process of recognizing his privilege and using his privilege to advocate for voices that are not typically heard or acknowledged. Aaron was also a systems thinker, who understood that real change occurs when you account for the whole system and address students' social-emotional needs in addition to their academic and financial needs.
In creating this program, we believe that Aaron's legacy will not only benefit Women of Color engineers at Olin College, but also the institution as a whole." – Robin Li
About Aaron Hoover
Aaron Hoover, professor of mechanical engineering at Olin from 2011-2020, survived for 20 months with glioblastoma multiforme (grade 4) and died on December 30, 2020 at age 42. A brilliant and deeply loved member of the Olin community, Aaron was instrumental in shaping a generation of bright young Olin engineers. He loved his work, finding deep satisfaction in the process of education as much as in the product. A sign in his lab bore these characteristic instructions to students: “1. Be excellent to each other. 2. Take the reins. 3. Kick ass. 4. Deliver value. 5. Have fun.”
Aaron Hoover held many interests outside of engineering. He was a builder, maker and woodworker, and was passionate about fitness and cycling. In his professional life, he sought to understand how the principles underlying biological systems can yield insights that improve engineered systems. His career began with bio-inspired robotic locomotion and evolved to engage the nature of learning itself.
Aaron read widely, spoke several languages and maintained a critical focus on the human side of engineering and design, teaching Olin’s foundational Principles of Engineering course every year. He was particularly interested in the intersections of creativity, craft, and design. He is remembered by his colleagues for so many things, including his generosity, teamwork and peer mentorship.