Dr. Mary L. Good is the Dean Emeritus (Founding Dean) of the College of Engineering and Information Technology (E.I.T.) at the University of Arkansas Little Rock and is presently serving as a Special Advisor to the Chancellor for Economic Development. The E.I.T. College of UALR was organized in 1999 with the approval of the University Of Arkansas System Board Of Trustees and the Legislature. It grew from about 300 students in existing departments to over 1100 in 2012. It has developed nationally recognized programs in System Engineering, Information Quality, Nanotechnology, Modeling and Simulation and Construction Management. It is the linchpin for the workforce required for economic development in Central Arkansas. Good also presently serves on the boards of Saint Vincent Health System, and Delta Bank and Trust, both of Little Rock.
Previously Dr. Good served four years as the Under Secretary for Technology for the Technology Administration in the U.S. 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 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 Clinton Administration, Dr. Good was the senior vice-president for 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 Materials 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 has 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.