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Kenneth Goodson

Kenneth Goodson

PhD ME, MIT (1993)
MSME, MIT. ONR Graduate Fellow (1991)
BSME, MIT. Tau Beta Pi, Pi Tau Sigma (1989)
BS Humanities, MIT. Phi Beta Kappa. Sudler Prize (1989)

Ken Goodson is the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs in the School of Engineering. As Mechanical Engineering Chair & Vice Chair (2008-2019), he led two strategic plans and recruited 15 faculty who transformed the department's scholarship and diversity.

Goodson specializes in heat transfer and electronics cooling. His lab pioneered phonon free path measurements, helped IC firms launch SOI and PCRAM, and has a long track record of translating breakthrough cooling science to companies. He's a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow with ASME, IEEE, APS, AAAS, and the National Academy of Inventors. He received the ASME Kraus Medal, the inaugural IEEE Richard Chu Award, the AIChE Kern Award, the SRC Aristotle Award, and the Heat Transfer Memorial Award. His PhD alums include dozens at IC firms and 20+ Professors at MIT, UC Berkeley, and other schools. Goodson has 35 patents and co-founded Cooligy, which built heat sinks for Apple and was acquired by Emerson.

Goodson moonlights as a baritone oratorio soloist with appearances at Davies Symphony Hall and Bing Concert Hall. His wife, Laura Dahl, is a concert pianist with the Stanford music faculty.