Michael Goodkind

Executive Vice-President (Ret.), Alfred Benesch & Co.

Michael N. Goodkind served as executive vice-president of Alfred Benesch & Company, a Chicago based Civil and Structural Engineering consulting firm with 600 employees, until his retirement in 2013. He previously served as president of the company from 1990 through 2008.

Mr. Goodkind was a licensed Professional Engineer in Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. He was also a licensed Structural Engineer in Illinois. Mr. Goodkind managed multi-discipline transportation projects when he joined Benesch in 1976. Mr. Goodkind was also involved in Value Engineering (VE) for over 25 years, facilitating more than 50 V.E. studies on infrastructure projects during that time. He became a Certified Value Specialist in January 2003 and was recertified in January 2007 and 2011, until his retirement.  

Mr. Goodkind is currently a member of the Board of Overseers of the Rutgers University Foundation and chair of the External Advisory Board for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northwestern University. He has served as President of the Board of Directors for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Foundation, as treasurer for ASCE (2002 to 2003), and as a National Director (1998 to 2000). He also served on the Board of Directors for the Building Security Council of the ASCE. The Building Security Council developed a rating system for use by commercial building owners that provides an independent assessment of the effectiveness of building security.

Mr. Goodkind was President of the Illinois Section of ASCE in 1982.  He also served as a member of the Illinois State Board of Professional Engineers (1996 to 2003); participated in the creation of A.C.E. Tech, a Charter High School; was Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Learning Technology Hub No. 7, a joint venture between the Illinois State Board of Education and the Chicago Public School System; was a member of the Economic Development Initiative Advisory Committee for the Chicago office of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation; and was a member of the Board of the Government Assistance Program. His other service has included the Evanston (I.L.) Flood and Pollution Control Commission (1975 to 1993), Leadership Greater Chicago Board of Directors (1984 to 1994), and President of the Rutgers Club of Chicago (1980 to 1990).

Mr. Goodkind was named the Civil Engineer of the Year by the Illinois Section of ASCE in 2000. He was inducted into the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame in 2004 and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Construction Club at the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2008.  He was also selected as a Loyal Son of Rutgers University in 1991.

Mr. Goodkind’s education includes a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Rutgers University in 1965, an M.S. in Structural Engineering from Iowa State University in 1967, and a Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from Northwestern University in 1973. He also earned a M.B.A. from the University of Chicago in 1976.