Goodson named American Physical Society fellow


Kenneth Goodson
Kenneth Goodson has been named a fellow of the American Physical Society. (Photo: John Todd)

KENNETH GOODSON, the Robert Bosch Chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Davies Family Provostial Professor, has been named a fellow of the American Physical Society.

Goodson, a heat transfer specialist with interests ranging from smartphones to vehicle waste heat recovery, was cited “for contributions to the understanding of phonon and electron conduction in solid films, nanostructures and in semiconductor nanoelectronics.”

Goodson’s lab studies thermal phenomena in electronic nanostructures, energy conversion devices and microfluidic heat sinks. He has guided 40 students to their doctorates, 17 of whom are professors at Stanford and other leading engineering programs.

Goodson is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), IEEE and American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has received ASME’s Kraus Thermal Management Medal and Heat Transfer Memorial Award for Science and the Semiconductor Research Corporation’s Technical Excellence Award.

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 MIT.

SLAC staff physicist PETER ROWSON was also elected a fellow. See the story here.