Dr. Ron Goforth holds both a B.S. degree in Chemistry and an M.S. degree in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, as well as a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. Dr. Goforth has been active in management consulting to private sector organizations, governmental agencies and academic institutions for over twenty years. He has served on the advisory boards of numerous technology-based start-up companies, and was a principal with Vector, Inc., a manufacturer of PC-based machine tool controllers that was later acquired by Artran, Inc.
Dr. Goforth has provided technology assessments, R & D management services, project planning, and oversight services for these organizations: PetroCanada, Ltd.; Arkansas Science and Technology Authority; Motorola, Inc.; Cities Service; Energy Techniques, Inc.; the United States Food and Drug Administration; the University of Arkansas; the Institute of Industrial Engineering, Suranaree University of Technology (Thailand); Tec, Ltd. (Vancouver, Canada); the United States Information Agency; and the United Nations Environmental Program (Paris).
In addition to his management consulting experience, Dr. Goforth has been a tenured professor of Computer Systems Engineering, as well as adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. He was the founding director of the Center for Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems and of the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Laboratory at the University of Arkansas.
Dr. Goforth served for 10 years as the Director of Research and Environmental Affairs for Syncrude Canada, Ltd. (widely recognized as the largest materials handling and synthetic crude oil production facility in the Western hemisphere). He was a Senior Research Fellow at the U.S. Navy NHRC in San Diego, California, a Fulbright Fellow at the University of the South Pacific (Fiji), and has held a royal appointment as Professor of Computer Systems Engineering at the Institute of Industrial Technology, Suranaree University of Technology (Thailand).