Philip R. Goode, PhD, distinguished professor of physics at NJIT, will be inducted tonight into the New Jersey High-Tech Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was created in 1999 to recognize the best and the brightest New Jersey has to offer by honoring the achievements of life science and high-tech research and business leaders, educators, and government officials who have demonstrated exemplary work in innovative products and therapies. Sponsors of the event are BioNJ, HINJ, and TechAmerica.
Goode, is the director of the Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research and has been leading the project to build the world’s most capable solar telescope at Big Bear Solar Observatory in Big Bear Lake, CA. Goode has been director of BBSO since NJIT took over the facility from California Institute of Technology in 1997. Cal Tech developed the site in 1969.
BBSO’s new solar telescope will be a 1.6 meter clear aperture, off-axis telescope featuring the world’s largest solar aperture. The telescope, which should be fully operational this summer, will feed the high-order adaptive optics system, which in turn will feed the next generation of technologies for measuring magnetic fields and dynamic events using visible AND infrared light. The new instrument also features a parallel computer system for real-time image enhancement.
Goode has years of experience studying the Sun’s atmosphere (called helioseismology) in addition to his studies of magnetic fields. Goode is expert at combining BBSO ground-based data with satellite data to determine dynamic properties of the solar magnetic fields. Goode’s other areas of interest include working to place a lower limit on solar irradiance and to probe the solar interior. Such studies bear greatly on scientists’ understanding and ability to predict “space weather.”
In recent years, industry, government and scientists have begun placing increasing attention upon space weather to learn more about which solar magnetic storms can have deleterious effects on satellites, the terrestrial power grid and telecommunications.
Since 1998, Goode’s research has also focused on climate studies in which the Earth’s large-scale reflectance has been measured using the earthshine. He and BBSO researchers have also spent time modeling the Earth’s reflectivity using satellite cloud cover and found appreciable decadal variation of reflectance due to cloud changes. BBSO is building a global network to measure the Earth’s global reflectance and spectrum.
In the Fall of 2007, Goode received the NJIT Excellence in Research Award from NJIT’s College of Science and Liberal Arts. Goode also recently received the university’s first NJIT Board of Overseers Excellence in Research Prize and Medal. The awards are presented in recognition of a sustained record of contributions that have enhanced NJIT’s reputation.
Goode has played a major role increasing the strength of the university’s solar physics program, which has trained 24 current and past post-doctoral fellows. Twelve of these Fellows now hold faculty/national center tenure track positions. The observatory, itself, has also flourished in size and stature. Staff has expanded from 4 to 40 individuals and the annual budget, supported solely by competitive federal grants, has risen from under $500,000 in 1997 to more than $5 million today. Goode received his AB from the University of California at Berkeley and his doctorate from Rutgers University.