While writing his master's thesis on the design of falsework for the construction of concrete bridges, Hover worked as a project engineer, building bridges over the Ohio River. After completing his master's degree, he spent three years as an officer in the Army Corps of Engineers, serving as a unit leader. Then he joined a structural design firm, became a partner in the company, and supervised the design of the $60-million Hamilton County Correctional Facility. During this time, he was involved in the restoration of more than twenty seriously deteriorated structures, and became interested in the analysis and rehabilitation of deteriorated concrete. This led him to Cornell, where he completed his doctorate and joined the faculty in 1984 as an associate professor. Hover received a Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation in 1986, and has won five teaching awards in the past ten years. He is a fellow of the American Concrete Institute, a member of several professional organizations in the United States and the United Kingdom, and is a registered professional engineer.
- 1992."The Protected Paste Volume of Air Entrained Cement Paste; Part I."Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering4: 166-184. .
- 1996."Influence of Placing Methods on Air Content."Transportation Research Record1532: 1-8. .
- 2006."Evaporation of water from concrete surfaces."Aci Materials Journal103(5): 384-389. .
- 2009."Monitoring the liquid to solid transition in concrete with conventional tests."American Concrete Institute. .
- 2015."Influence of Datum Temperature and Activation Energy on Maturity Strength Predictions."ACI Materials Journal112(6): 781-790. .
Selected Awards and Honors
- ASCE Materials Division Best Basic Research Paper Award with K. Natesaiyer and K. Snyder 1994
- Stephen Weiss Presidential Fellowship (Highest Teaching Award at Cornell University) (Cornell University) 2000
- Named one of the "Ten Most Influential People in the Concrete Industry" (Hanley Wood Publishers, at World of Concrete, Las Vegas) 2006
- President (American Concrete Institute) 2010
- Cornell Council (Senior Class) Award, One of Top 15 Cornell Professors 2015
- BS(Civil Engineering),University of Cincinnati,1972
- MS(Civil Engineering),University of Cincinnati,1974
- Ph D(Civil Engineering),Cornell University,1984