BSMaterials Science and Engineering, 1987
Hooks is the former president of Eaton Corporation’s Automotive North America business and retired in March 2013. He began his career with Aeroquip as a product engineer in June 1978. When Eaton acquired the company in April 1999, he became the vice president and general manager for Eaton’s Global Hose Division. Eaton is a power management company that provides energy-efficient solutions to effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Hooks also served as vice president of engineering and product development, vice president and general manager of the Industrial Division, president of Engine Air Management Operations, vice president and general manager for the Automotive Group’s Powertrain Controls Division, vice president of sales and marketing for the Automotive Group, and president of the Engine Air Management Business. Hooks is also a graduate of the University of Michigan’s Executive Program and completed the Global Leadership 2020 program at Dartmouth College’s Amos Tuck School of Business. Hooks’ believes in providing holistic service to his alma mater by giving back his time, energy and resources. In 2011, he was the keynote speaker for the College of Engineering’s Welcome Event in which he inspired an audience of 1,000+ entering engineering freshmen. He serves on the Board of Directors for the NC State Engineering Foundation, Inc. and currently serves as the Chair of the Development Committee. His work as Development Committee Chair involves advancing special fundraising plans, broadening the annual fund base and more efficiently utilizing volunteers to help with these endeavors. Hooks established an endowment in the MSE Department at NC State to continue promotion of education to generations of students.