Dr. Mary Good

Dr. Mary L. Good

Donaghey University Professor at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock
Venture Capital Investors, LLC

Dr. Mary L. Good is the Donaghey University Professor at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock and serves as the managing member for Venture Capital Investors, LLC, a group of Arkansas business leaders who expect to foster economic growth in the area through the opportunistic support of technology-based enterprises. Dr. Good also presently serves on the Board of Biogen, a successful biotech company in Cambridge Massachusetts; IDEXX Laboratories of Westbrook, Maine; and the Lockheed Martin Energy Research Corporation Board of Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Previously Dr. Good served four years as the Under Secretary for Technology for the Technology Administration in the Department of Commerce, a Presidentially appointed, Senate confirmed, position.

The Technology Administration is the focal point in the federal government for assisting U.S. Industry to improve its productivity, technology and innovation in order to compete more effectively in global markets. In particular, the Administration works with industry to eliminate legislative and regulatory barriers to technology commercialization and to encourage adoption of modern technology management practices. The Technology Administration is comprised of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Technical Information Service, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Technology Policy, and the Office of Air and Space Commercialization.

In addition to her role as Under Secretary for Technology, Dr. Good chaired the National Science and Technology Council's Committee on Technological Innovation (NSTC/CTI), and served on the NSTC Committee on National Security.

Before joining the Administration, Dr. Good was the senior vice-president of technology at Allied Signal, Inc., where she was responsible for the centralized research and technology organizations with facilities in Morristown, NJ; Buffalo, NY; and Des Plaines, IL. She was a member of the Management Committee and responsible for technology transfer and commercialization support for new technologies. This position followed assignments as President of Allied Signal's Engineered Material Research Center, Director of the UOP Research Center, and President of the Signal Research Center. Dr. Good's accomplishments in industrial research management are the achievements of a second career, having moved to an industrial position after more than 25 years of teaching and research in the Louisiana State University system. Before joining Allied Signal, she was professor of chemistry at the University of New Orleans and professor of materials science at Louisiana State University, where she achieved the university's highest professional rank, Boyd Professor.

Dr. Good was appointed to the National Science Board by President Carter in 1980 and again by President Reagan in 1986. She was Chairman of that Board from 1988 until 1991, when she received an appointment from President Bush to become a member of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). Dr. Good also served on the boards of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Cincinnati Milacron, and Ameritech. She was also a member of the National Advisory Board for the State of Arkansas.

Dr. Good is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering, a past president of the American Chemical Society, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of the American Institute of Chemists and the Royal Society of Chemistry. She has been active on the boards of directors of such groups as the Industrial Research Institute, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, and the National Institute for Petroleum and Energy Research. She has also served on advisory panels for the National Research Council, the National Bureau of Standards, the National Science Foundation Chemistry Section, the National Institute of Health, and NASA, and on the executive committee for the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry.

Dr. Good received the National Science Foundation's Distinguished Public Service Award, the Albert Fox Demers Medal Award from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the American Association for the Advancement of Science Award, the American Institute of Chemists' Gold Medal, and was chosen Scientist of the Year by Industrial Research and Development magazine. She was elected as a Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences in 1990, became a member of the Tau Beta Pi Association (the Engineering Honor Society), was awarded the Charles Lathrop Parsons Award of the America Chemical Society and received the Industrial Research Institute Medalist Award. In 1997, she received the Priestly medal from the American Chemical Society, the highest award given by the association. She has published over 100 articles in reference journals and is the author of a book, Integrated Laboratory Sequence, published by Barnes and Noble.

Dr. Good received her B.S. in chemistry from the University of Central Arkansas and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in inorganic chemistry from the University of Arkansas. She has also received numerous awards and honorary degrees from many colleges and universities, including most recently the College of William and Mary, Polytechnic University of New York, Louisiana State University, and Michigan State University.