Daniel Goodman PhD

Hertz Fellow: Daniel Goodman PhD

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Area of Study

Plasma Physics

Fellowship Years

1982 - 1988

Director, TEL-NEXX Inc.

Daniel Goodman, PhD, maintains a dual career as a technologist and performing musician. He is director of advanced technology at Tokyo Electron – NEXX of Billerica, Massachusetts, leading a team that develops processes and equipment for advanced electronic packaging. Goodman is also an active musician, well known to Boston audiences for his performances on piano, cello and accordion.

Dr. Goodman was trained in electrical engineering, physics and music at Princeton University (BSE 1982) and at MIT (PhD 1989) where he was a Hertz Fellow. He has continued his affiliation with MIT as a visiting scientist, a member of the board of directors of MIT Hillel, and by giving regular piano performances sponsored by campus organizations including the Council for the Arts at MIT, and the MIT Plasma Fusion and Science Center.

In the 1990s, Dr. Goodman worked on pulsed power and electron accelerator technology for material processing applications. He was co-founder and president of Electron Solutions Inc., a company whose products included radiation curable composite and adhesive materials and equipment for the aerospace industry.

In the second phase of his career, Dr. Goodman developed equipment for the semiconductor industry, working at ASTex and MKS Instruments. Since 2004 he has been a member of the management team at NEXX Systems, helping grow the company from start-up to an acquisition by Tokyo Electron (TEL) in 2012. TEL recently honored Dr. Goodman by naming him a Senior Member of Technical Staff.

Dr. Goodman regularly performs concerts which include classical piano repertoire and improvisations on themes suggested by the audience. Some of the concerts have benefitted local and national charities. A video of an improvisational concert performed at the Hertz Foundation 50th Symposium is available on the Hertz website.


1988 - Radial Ion Transport in a Nonaxisymmetric Magnetic Mirror