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John O | August 2018

Stanford professor receives inaugural Richard Chu ITherm Award

By Josh Perry, Editor


Kenneth Goodson, the Davies Family Provostial Professor and the Robert Bosch Chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University, received the inaugural Richard Chu ITherm Award for his contributions to the thermal management of electronic systems.


Goodson’s research focuses on electronics cooling and energy harvesting.
(John Todd/Stanford University)


According to a report from Stanford, Goodson researches electronics cooling and energy harvesting. “He and others at the NanoHeat Lab study heat transfer in electronic nanostructures and packaging, microfluidic heat sinks, as well as thermoelectric and photonic energy conversion devices,” the report said.


Some of the topic areas for study include thermal management techniques for hybrid vehicles, smartphones, and wireless sensors.


The Richard Chu ITherm Award for Excellence in Thermal and Thermo-Mechanical Management of Electronics was formerly known as the ITherm Achievement Award. According to the ITherm website, the award has been given out biennially since 1996.


It was renamed to honor Richard Chu, who was the award’s first recipient and a “seminal contributor to the thermal management of electronics,” according to ITherm.


The website noted, “The sole selection criterion for the award is seminal contributions to the science and art of thermal and/or thermo-mechanical aspects of electronic devices and systems as demonstrated by archival publications in prestigious journals, patents, or other groundbreaking achievements.”


Goodson received his award at the 2018 ITherm Conference Banquet in San Diego in June.

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