Prof. Goodman was Chair of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, President of OSA, Founder of OptiVision, Chairman at ONI Systems, and Board Member at E-TEK Dynamics. Prof. Goodman is well known in the field of Fourier Optics as literally the “one who wrote the book” on the topic. His texts on Fourier Optics have taught and inspired generations of researchers in the field.

Along with his wife, Hon Mai, Prof. Goodman has established the JW & HM Goodman Family Foundation with the intent in improving the life and education of financially disadvantaged youth in the San Francisco CA and Portland OR areas.