J.W. and H.M. Goodman Endowed Chair in Optical Sciences

    Date Posted: 
    Monday, February 4, 2019

    Joseph W. (Joe) Goodman said that he and his wife, Honmai, established the endowed chair in their names to support faculty who are committed to taking discoveries in optics to new heights.

    “It's hard to overstate the importance of an endowed faculty chair,” said Joe Goodman, named the William E. Ayer Professor of Electrical Engineering when teaching at Stanford. "Honmai and I know first-hand the impact the College of Optical Sciences has on the emerging new leaders in optics – and are grateful for the opportunity to support a faculty member who will teach future generations of leaders to excel.”

    Joe Goodman, a renowned optical scientist, has been a steadfast leader in both the academic and corporate dimensions of the global optics community for many decades.

    In academics, Joe held various positions at Stanford University from 1963 through his retirement in January 2001, including chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and senior associate dean for faculty and academic affairs of the School of Engineering.  He has authored more than 220 technical papers and served as Ph.D. thesis advisor for 49 students – a number of whom are now accomplished members of the faculty in the College of Optical Sciences.

    He has written four major textbooks: Introduction to Fourier Optics, Statistical Optics, Speckle Phenomena in Optics and, with R.M. Gray, Fourier Transforms: An Introduction for Engineers. In 1965, his first full-length publication was named a Citation Classic by the Institute for Scientific Information. Joe is also a co-founder of Roberts and Company Publishers.

    In the business world, Joe served as a Director of several corporations, including Optivision, Inc. (of which he was a co-founder), ONI Systems (for which he was the founding Chairman of the Board), and E-TEK Dynamics. He served on the Board of Directors for Ondax, Inc. from its founding until December 2004, and as the Chairman of the Board of Nanoprecision Products, Inc., a company he co- founded, until September 2006.

    Joe is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, IEEE, OSA and SPIE. Also among his accolades are the OSA Frederic Ives Medal and the SPIE Gold Medal, both societies’ most distinguished awards.  He also served as OSA President in 1992.

    In 2018, the Optical Society (OSA) named Joe the 2018 Honorary Member of The Optical Society. This honorary membership is the most distinguished of all OSA Member categories. The honor recognized Goodman for his fundamental contributions in the fields of Fourier Optics and Optical Information Processing through his research, teaching and classic textbooks.

    “We’re thrilled to have an endowed chair carrying Joe and Honmai Goodman’s names.  It brings honor and prestige to the college and will certainly help us attract outstanding faculty to lead the exciting advances in our field,” said Thomas L. Koch, dean of the college.