Donald Julius Groen Prize
2021 Prize winner: Roger Goodall
Awarded for outstanding lifetime contributions to mechatronics and control engineering.
Roger Goodall is an Emeritus Professor at Loughborough University and an Affiliate to the Institute for Railway Research at the University of Huddersfield. He graduated from the University of Cambridge, UK, in 1968 and worked for two years in manufacturing industry, before joining British Rail's Research Division in Derby in 1970 where he spent 12 years in industrial research. In the 1970s he developed the control system for British Rail’s low-speed magnetically levitated vehicle and was also responsible for the world’s first full-size active suspension for a railway vehicle. He took up an academic position at Loughborough University in 1982, and he became Professor of Control Systems Engineering in 1994. He has championed the subject of mechatronics for many years, with a specialism related to mechatronic suspension systems for rail vehicles.
He has had extensive involvement with many external institutions, including as Chair of the IMechE’s Railway Division in 2009-2010. A strong contribution has been with the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) for which he was the inaugural Chair of the Technical Committee on Mechatronic Systems from 2000-2005 and IFAC Vice-President from 2008-2014. He received the IFAC’s Outstanding Service Award in 2014, was elected as an IFAC Advisor the same year and in 2017 as an IFAC Fellow.
In addition to his IFAC involvement Roger has served in a variety of external scientific and technical roles including the Board of Trustees for the International Association for Vehicle System Dynamics (IAVSD) and Chairman of the UK Automatic Control Council (UKACC, the IFAC NMO).
He has received many awards, including the IMechE’s prestigious James Watt International Gold Medal and IFAC’s Mechatronic Systems Lifetime Achievement Award. He has been a Fellow of the IMechE for a number of years, and he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2007.