Erik D Goodman
Erik D. Goodman is Principal Investigator and Director of the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action, an NSF Science and Technology Center headquartered at Michigan State University where he applies evolutionary principles to engineering design. He received his PhD in computer & communication sciences at the University of Michigan in1972, where he was in John Holland’s Logic of Computers Group. As a Professor at MSU in Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Computer Science & Engineering he co-founded the Genetic Algorithms Research & Applications Group (GARAGe). As co-founder of Red Cedar Technology, he developed design optimization software as Vice President for Technology from 1999-2010. In 2009 he was named Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year. He has served in leadership roles for the International Society for Genetic and Evolutionary Computation, and the ACM Special Interest Group on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation (SIGEVO).