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, with an emphasis on microfluidic heat sinks and conduction physics. His lab pioneered phonon free path measurements using silicon nanolayers and helped IC companies launch SOI and PCRAM. Current projects address power devices, vehicles, and data centers with ARPA-E, Google, Intel, Bosch, SRC/ASCENT, and NSF/POETS. Goodson has 35 patents and co-founded Cooligy, which built heat sinks for Apple products and was acquired by Emerson.
Goodson is 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 for Science. His PhD alums include dozens at IC firms and 20+ Professors at MIT, UC Berkeley, and other schools.
Goodson moonlights as a baritone oratorio soloist. Appearance venues include Davies Symphony Hall with the SF Choral Society in repertoire including Deutsches Requiem (Brahms) and War Requiem (Britten). His wife, Laura Dahl, is a concert pianist with the Stanford music faculty.