Gerald Goodfellow, a 30-year Air Force veteran who retired as a brigadier general, has been named executive director for the Louisiana Tech Research Institute (LTRI) in Bossier City and Director of Technology Innovation for Louisiana Tech University.
Goodfellow’s core responsibility will be to help achieve the vision of LTRI as a world-class, nationally recognized resource for research, education, training, and technology innovation in strategic areas of national security.
“LTRI enables the university to provide research and development capabilities for a variety of industry and defense partners,” said Tech President Dr. Les Guice. “Gen. Goodfellow will lead our work at LTRI and help the institute become a self-sustaining and growing enterprise. His experience will also be valuable for our Office of Research and Partnerships in its work to cultivate partnerships focused on training and education. We are pleased to have such an exceptional leader for LTRI with the expertise, character, and integrity that has been proven over an outstanding career in the Air Force.”
Goodfellow will focus on expanding cooperative collaboration. He will build upon the framework enabled by the Cyber Innovation Center, the Bossier community, and other regional partners to lead to workforce generation, research, and educational programs.
Prior to joining LTRI, Goodfellow served as the director of Strategic Plans, Programs, and Requirements at Air Force Global Strike Command located at Barksdale Air Force Base.
In this position, he was responsible for strategic planning, and for resourcing the nation's Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile force, B-1, B-2 and B-52 bombers, UH-1N helicopters, the E-4B National Airborne Operations Center Aircraft, and Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications (NC3) systems.
Goodfellow is a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism in combat.
He was later awarded the General Ira C. Eaker Award for the “Outstanding Single Feat of Military Airmanship” In addition, he holds the world record in aviation for the fastest ever nonstop flight around-the-world with refueling in flight, which he flew in a B-1 bomber. For this flight he was also awarded the Mackay Trophy, which is on permanent display at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., for the “Most Meritorious Aerial Flight of the Year.”