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Kenneth Goodson

Davies Family Provostial Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs
Ken Goodson is the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty & 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 energy conversion with applications to electric vehicles, data centers, and power electronics. His group has benefitted from decades of funding from NSF, DARPA, DOE, ARPA-E, ONR, and AFOSR, and has a track record of translating breakthrough thermal science to corporate practice. Under the DARPA ICECool Programs, his team developed a world-record heat sink for power conversion. Goodson has 35 patents, is a Fellow with the National Academy of Inventors, and co-founded Cooligy, which built heat sinks for Apple and was acquired by Emerson.

Goodson’s 50+ PhD alums include dozens of faculty at MIT, Stanford, Princeton, UC Berkeley, and other schools as well as senior leadership at ARPA-E, Sandia Labs, and tech companies. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow with AAAS, ASME, IEEE, and APS. He received the ASME Kraus Medal and Memorial Award, the IEEE Richard Chu Award, the AIChE Kern Award, and the SRC Aristotle Award for mentoring graduate students.

Goodson moonlights as a baritone oratorio soloist with appearances at Davies Symphony Hall and the Bing Concert Hall. He held voice fellowships at the Tanglewood Music Festival and received the Sudler Prize for Arts Achievement. His wife, Laura Dahl, is a concert pianist with the Stanford music faculty.


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)