Roger Goodall spent 14 years in industrial research before he took up an academic position in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Loughborough University, where he is currently Professor of Control Systems Engineering. His research is concerned with a variety of practical applications of advanced control, usually for high performance electro-mechanical systems.
Specific projects are concerned with active railway vehicle suspensions, advanced sensor systems for aircraft flight control systems, and advanced concepts for control technology in general. His projects are characterised by strong industrial collaboration, having worked with companies such as Alstom, BAE Systems, Bombardier Transportation, and this is supported by excellent links with universities and research organizations worldwide. He is also involved in Rail Research UK, a consortium of seven universities funded by the UK Research Council (EPSRC) to provide a focus for university railway-related research in the UK.
He is particularly well known internationally for his research in active suspension technology for rail vehicles. Current international roles relevant to this speciality are as a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Association for Vehicle System Dynamics (IAVSD) and Vice-President of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC). He is currently chairman of the IMechE Railway Division 2009-2010, and in the recent past has served as Chairman of the Technical Committee on Mechatronic Systems for IFAC and Chairman of the UK Automatic Control Council (UKACC).
He has been a Fellow of both the Institution of Electrical Engineers and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in the UK for a number of years, and has received a number of awards from both these institutions for his published work. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2007.