Stanford's Kenneth Goodson elected to American Association for the Advancement of Science

Election as an AAAS fellow is an honor bestowed upon members of the association by their peers.

John Todd Kenneth Goodson

Professor Kenneth E. Goodson, chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been named a fellow of the AAAS.

Professor Kenneth E. Goodson, professor and chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The honor recognizes Goodson's "distinguished contributions in the thermal sciences, particularly for the advancement of heat transfer research in electronic nanostructures and packaging."

Goodson's lab studies thermal phenomena in electronic nanostructures, energy conversion devices and microfluidic heat sinks, which have applications ranging from smartphones to vehicle waste heat recovery.

As a professor, he has guided 38 students to their doctorates, 13 of whom are professors at Stanford and other leading engineering programs.

Goodson is a fellow of both the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He has received the ASME Kraus Medal and the 2013 THERMI Award, granted each year by the SEMI-THERM educational foundation to recognize significant contributions to the field of semiconductor thermal management. Beyond his teaching and research, Goodson is an entrepreneur. He co-founded Cooligy, which builds microfluidic cooling systems for computers. Goodson earned his BS in 1989 and his PhD in 1993, both at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Goodson joins 387 new members who have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

New Fellows will each be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin in February during the 2014 AAAS Annual Meeting in Chicago.