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Charles Goodman

Charles H. Goodman

Charles H. Goodman, Ph.D. (BSME '64)
Senior Vice President (retired)
Southern Company


Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Tulane University

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Tulane University

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington, 1964

Charles Goodman began his career with the Southern Company in 1971 as a senior research engineer in the Research and Development Department. Atlanta-based Southern Company is the premier energy company serving the Southeastern United States, one of the nation’s fastest-growing regions. A leading U.S. producer of electricity, Southern Company owns electric utilities in four states and also provides fiber optic and wireless communications services.

After advancing through several leadership positions, Dr. Goodman was promoted to senior vice president of Research and Environmental Policy, serving as the company’s chief environmental officer. He also directed research & development, environmental policy, environmental research, and compliance strategy development efforts. In 2005, he became the senior vice president for Generation Policy and was appointed chairman of the board for the FutureGen Industrial Alliance, which will deploy a full-scale, near zero emission, coal-fueled power plant.

Throughout his career, Dr. Goodman also served on numerous energy advisory committees, including the National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Act Advisory Committee. In cooperation with U.S. Department of Energy, his responsibilities have included oversight of the Power Systems Development Facility – the United States’ premier clean coal technology research center – and for the development and execution of four DOE Clean Coal Technology projects.