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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 had a long career in electric utility research and development at Southern Company, primarily in establishing and improving coal-to-energy processes and addressing the public policy issues associated with coal utilization. A Southern Company book documents his early career. 

His contributions span heat transfer, emission controls, environmental science, and advanced generation technologies. Prior to retirement in 2007 he was the senior vice president for generation policy with responsibilities that included serving as chairman of the board for the FutureGen Industrial Alliance. Prior to 2006, he held the position of senior vice president for research and environmental policy. In that position he served as the chief environmental officer for Southern Company. He also directed research and development, environmental policy, environmental research, and compliance strategy development efforts for the company as it developed cleaner and more efficient ways to meet the energy needs of its customers.

Goodman served for many years on the Electric Power Research Institute’s (EPRI) Research Advisory Committee and was chair of its Environment Sector Council. He is a former member of the National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences Board on Energy and Environmental Systems. He currently serves on the Energy and Environment Directorate Review Committee at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and has served on the R&D Advisory Council for the Babcock and Wilcox Company. He was a member of the PCAST Energy Technology Innovation System Working Group that contributed to a report to the President in November 2011. He is a member of the School of Science and Engineering Advisory Board at Tulane University and of the College of Engineering Board of Advisors at The University of Texas at Arlington. He was also among a group of experts who served on the Committee on America’s Energy Future, a panel of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Science, which in late 2009 published a comprehensive examination and analysis of U.S. energy technology options. He has chaired the Environmental Staff Committee of the Business Roundtable, chaired the Utility Air Regulatory Group, and was a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Act Advisory Committee.

His responsibilities have included oversight of the Power Systems Development Facility, the United States’ premier clean coal technology research center, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). In addition, he was responsible for the development and execution of four DOE Clean Coal Technology projects that provided new emissions control options that have been applied to the industry’s conventional power plants. He is a Life Fellow in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Goodman earned his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from Tulane University and his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from UTA, where he was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus in 2012.

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