Steve Goddard is the Interim Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and the John E. Olsson Professor of Computer Science & Engineering. Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Goddard served two years as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research. He served as the Interim Dean of the UNL College of Arts & Sciences from July 1, 2013 thru June 30, 2014 and as the Chair of the Computer Science & Engineering Department from August 2008 thru June 2013. A faculty member since 1998, Dr. Goddard has served on the UNL Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women, the ADVANCE-Nebraska Faculty Committee and the UNL Faculty Senate's Intercollegiate Athletics Committee. In 2016, he Co-Chaired a campus-wide Achieving Distinction task force as part of UNL's strateic planning process, and in 2012 Dr. Goddard led a campus-wide task force studying the potential role and impact of MOOCs -- massive online open courses -- at UNL. Dr. Goddard was selected as 2013-2014 Academic Leadership Program (ALP) Fellow by the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC).
Prior to joining the faculty at UNL, Dr. Goddard worked in the computer industry for 13 years, including nine years as president of his own company. He received the B.A. degree in computer science and mathematics from the University of Minnesota, Duluth (1985) and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1995, 1998).
Dr. Goddard's primary research interests are embedded, real-time, and distributed systems with emphases in cyber-physical systems and rate-based scheduling. He has published over 100 articles, including 10 patent applications, and received more than $22M in external funding for his research from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Department of Defense (DoD) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).
He has also been quite active in interdisciplinary research projects, and was a fellow in the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute. The most significant result of his interdisciplinary research was the creation and development of the Self-Calibrating Palmer Severity Index (sc-PDSI), which is used world-wide to quantify the severity of a drought.
Dr. Goddard was elected Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Real-Time Systems (TCRTS) in 2013, serving until January of 2016. He served as the TCRTS Vice-Chair in 2011 and 2012. He has also served as General Chair and/or Technical Program Chair for all of the top-tier conferences in real-time systems, and regularly serves as a reviewer for journals, conferences, and funding agencies. Dr. Goddard is a member of the Leibniz Transactions on Embedded Systems (LITES) Editorial Board and the Cyber-Physical Systems Area Editor and an Associate Editor of the ACM Transactions on Cyber-Physical Systems journal.
Dr. Goddard has taught mostly computer systems courses, such as Operating Systems, Operating Systems Kernels, Real-Time Systems, Distributed Systems, Computer Organization, but he has also taught Algorithms, and Computational Complexity Theory. He has been a member of 119 committees for students that have graduated, including the advisor of 6 Ph.D. students, 28 M.S. or M.Eng. students and 6 B.S. students. Dr. Goddard has received numerous teaching awards, including a College Distinguished Teaching Award, a College of Engineering Faculty Teaching Award, and three Certificates of Recognition for Contributions to Students.