Department of Mechanical Engineering
Kenneth E. Goodson
Ken Goodson is the Robert Bosch Chairman of the Mechanical Engineering Department and the Davies Family Provostial Professor at Stanford University. His research group studies thermal phenomena in electronic nanostructures, energy conversion devices, and microfluidic heat exchangers, with a focus both on fundamental heat transfer physics and on contemporary industrial problems. Goodson’s 40 Ph.D. alumni include 17 Professors at MIT, UC Berkeley, UCLA, The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, The University of Michigan, and senior staff at Intel, Qualcomm, IBM, and Exxon-Mobile. Goodson (BS MIT 1989, PhD MIT 1993) has co-authored 170 archival journal articles, 250 refereed conference papers, 31 US patents, 2 books, and 9 book chapters. Goodson is a Fellow with ASME, IEEE, APS, and AAAS, and is a recipient of the ASME Kraus Medal, the ASME Heat Tranfer Memorial Award for Science, the the Kern Heat Transfer Award, SRC Technical Excellence Award, and the IEEE THERMI Award. He has been recognized through plenary lectures at INTERPACK, ITHERM, SEMITHERM, THERMINIC, MNHTM, and PHONONS, as well best paper or outstanding paper awards SEMITHERM, ITHERM, and the IEDM. He is a former Associate Editor with the ASME Journal of Heat Transfer, from which he also received the Outstanding Reviewer Award. Other recognition includes the IEEE Golden Reviewer Award, the ONR Young Investigator Award, and the NSF CAREER Award. He was a JSPS Visiting Professor at The Tokyo Institute of Technology and was Editor-in-Chief of Nanoscale and Microscale Thermophysical Engineering. Goodson is a founder and former CTO of Cooligy, which built microcoolers for computers (including the Apple G5) and was acquired by Emerson in 2005.