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John B. and Irene W. Goodenough Endowed Research Fund in Engineering

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John Goodenough

You’re probably within arm’s length of a John Goodenough invention. Goodenough, a mechanical engineering professor in UT’s Cockrell School of Engineering, helped launch the wireless revolution with his development of the rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which powers our mobile phones, laptop computers, iPods, and other portable electronic devices.

Goodenough, who turns 90 this summer, still teaches and still invents. He’s still dedicated to finding new ways to store energy, with an eye toward the U.S. achieving energy independence.

Honored in 2011 as a UT Austin Inventor of the Year, Goodenough has found that his inventions aren’t the only way he can change the world. He’s also a donor to the University, giving outright gifts and establishing charitable gift annuities to support a high-pressure lab at the Texas Materials Institute.

“When the faculty give, it shows that they believe in the institution,” he said. “I wanted to set an example.”

The John B. and Irene W. Goodenough Endowed Research Fund in Engineering was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on February 9, 2006, for the benefit of the Cockrell School of Engineering. Gift funds were provided by Mrs. Irene W. Goodenough of Austin, Texas and John B. Goodenough, Ph.D. of Austin, Texas.

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