Chad Goodwin – Host

chad-bioChad currently works a Research Engineer for a local energy storage startup, EnerG2, but as is usually to all Chad’s undertakings, he didn’t take a traditional route to becoming a scientist. Chad is a true jack-of-all-trades and has spent years as a machinist, mechanic, and radio engineer to name just a few of his past skills. After leaving commercial radio in 2007 he decided to go back to school to pursue his passion for electronics engineering. Shortly after staring school he added Nanotechnology to his course work and pumped out 30+ credits per quarter for 2 years to make his dream job possible. Before joining EnerG2, Chad also worked on a project at UW in conjunction with Fred Hutch machining microscope parts and micro fabricating test chips for single cell cancer research. He current has one patent in energy storage already issued, and several pending. Chad’s future goals include an interest in inventing low cost, yet effective, open-source lab equipment. He believes that scientific research equipment is simply too dang expensive and holding back the advancement of worldwide research. His main focus would be to get research instrumentation into developing countries where research is currently needed to both save lives and better living conditions.

Community Science Radio is a project Chad started working on in early 2014, shortly after hearing about Low Power FM (LPFM) opportunities being made available in Seattle. With his knowledge in audio engineering for commercial radio, coupled with his time on-air, he quickly jumped at the chance to bring his passion for science to the community and started putting together a team of like-minded, passionate learners to make Community Science Radio a reality.

The Good Life?

When he in not working on inventing a new material or device for energy storage, you can find him at home working on a range of projects from restoring old cars, to conducting quadcopter research. Chad is also a maker and is always finding new ways to use a Raspberry Pi for home or lab research. As a dad he hopes to teach his son Gage to see the world from a scientific perspective through observation, although hopefully not at the expense of driving his wife Rachele crazy doing he-swears-they-are-safe-experiments in the house.