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Dr. Asad M. Madni

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Dr. Asad M. Madni served as President, Chief Operating Officer & CTO of BEI Technologies Inc. headquartered in Sylmar, California, from 1992 until his retirement in 2006. He led the development and commercialization of intelligent micro-sensors and systems for aerospace, military, commercial and transportation industries, including the Extremely Slow Motion Servo Control System for Hubble Space Telescope’s Star Selector System and the revolutionary Quartz MEMS GyroChip technology which is used worldwide for Electronic Stability Control and Rollover Protection in passenger vehicles, thereby saving millions of lives every year.

Prior to joining BEI he was with Systron Donner Corporation (a Thorn/EMI Company) for 18 years in senior technical & executive positions, eventually as Chairman, President & CEO. Here, he made seminal and pioneering contributions in the development of RF & Microwave Systems and Instrumentation which significantly enhanced the Combat Readiness of the US Navy (and its allies) and which provided the DOD the ability (not possible with prior art) to simulate more threat representative ECM environments for current and future advanced warfare training. Dr. Madni is currently an Independent Consultant;  Distinguished Adjunct Professor and Distinguished Researcher of Electrical Engineering at UCLA; and Executive Managing Director & Chief Technical Officer of Crocker Capital, a San Francisco based private venture firm specializing in emerging technologies.

He received an A.A.S. from RCA Institutes, B.S. & M.S. from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Ph.D. from California Coast University (CCU), DSc. (honoris causa) from Ryerson University, D.Eng. (honoris causa) from Technical University of Crete, and Sc.D. (honoris causa) from California State University and California State University, Northridge. He is also a graduate of the Engineering Management Program at the California Institute of Technology, the Executive Institute at Stanford University, and the Program for Senior Executives at MIT Sloan School of Management. Dr. Madni is an internationally recognized authority with over 40 years of experience in "intelligent" sensors and system design and signal processing. He is credited with over 150 refereed publications in archival journals, conference proceedings and book chapters; over 100 research reports & internal publications; over 100 keynote addresses, invited lectures, chairs and panels; and 68 issued or pending patents resulting in numerous "industry firsts".

Dr. Madni has served as a director on the board of 7 highly successful technology companies and on advisory boards of several professional and academic organizations. He is currently serving as Corporate Director and “Distinguished Professor” at TCI College of Technology (the first such appointment in the history of the Institute since its founding in 1909 by Nobel Laureate Guglielmo Marconi), Adjunct Professor in the Computer Science Department at Ryerson University; and on advisory boards at UCLA, USC, CSUN, TCI, IEEE Systems Journal, AutoSoft Journal, and as Honorary Editor of the International Journal on Smart Sensing & Intelligent Systems.

Dr. Madni is also the recipient of numerous national and international awards and honors including, the 2012 IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society's Pioneer Award, the 2010 IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society's Career Excellence Award, the 2010 UCLA Engineering Lifetime Contribution Award, TCI College of Technology's Marconi Medal (the Institute’s highest honor) and Citation of Honor (for induction to the NAE), 2008 IEEE Region 6 Outstanding Engineer Award, 2008 IEEE Region 6 South Outstanding Engineer and Outstanding Leadership & Professional Service Awards, 2008 UCLA Engineering Distinguished Service Award, the 2006 World Automation Congress Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2005 IEE Achievement Medal, the 2004 UCLA Engineering Alumnus of the Year Award (highest honor granted by the school), the 2004 Distinguished Engineering Achievement Award from the Engineers’ Council, the 2003 George Washington Engineer of the Year Award from the Los Angeles Council of Engineers & Scientists, the 2002 UCLA Professional Achievement Award Medal, IEEE Third Millennium Medal, Joseph F. Engelberger Best Paper Award at the 2000 World Automation Congress, CCU Distinguished Alumni Award (highest honor granted by the university), Association of Old Crows Gold Certificate of Merit, and is listed in all major Who’s Who publications including Who’s Who in America, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in Science & Engineering, Who's Who in Technology, Who's Who in Finance & Industry, International Who's Who of Intellectuals, 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 20th & 21st Centuries, Outstanding People of the 21st Century, and Asia Men and Women of Achievement. He has also been a featured guest on numerous television shows including CNN with Casey Wyan and BizNews 1 (now CNBC) with Mike Russell. In 2011 Dr. Madni was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering "for contributions to development and commercialization of sensors and systems for aerospace and automotive safety".

He is a Chartered Engineer, Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, Fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (UK), Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology (UK), Fellow of the Institute for the Advancement of Engineering, Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers, Lifetime Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics, and Life Fellow of the International Biographical Association. He is also an Eminent Engineer of Tau Beta Pi, The National Engineering Honor Society; Honorary Member of Upsilon Pi Epsilon, Honor Society for the Computing and Information Disciplines; Member of Eta Kappa Nu, The Electrical and Computer Engineering Honor Society; Member of Tau Alpha Pi, The National Engineering Technology Honor Society; Member of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society; Member of Delta Epsilon Tau, International Honor Society; Life Member of the Association of Old Crows; Member of the Internet Society and Member of the Order of the Engineer.

"Throughout my career I have been closely affiliated with UCLA and during my tenure at BEI I funded numerous R&D contracts to UCLA's EE & MAE departments, and to WINMEC and CENS. UCLA Engineering has some of the brightest minds in the country on its faculty and the school is among the best in the world in interdisciplinary engineering." says Dr. Madni. He is actively involved with UCLA and the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, serving on numerous advisory boards, including as President of the Engineering Alumni Association, Founding Member and Chair of the EE Alumni Advisory Board, Member of the MAE Industrial Advisory Board, Member of the Technical Management Program Advisory Board, WINMEC & RFID Advisory Boards, Chief Judge for the Poster Competition at the Annual HSSEAS Technology Forum, and as a Keynote Speaker and Guest Lecturer at various departmental conferences and courses.

Award Information
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For Seminal and Pioneering Contributions to the Development and Commercialization of Aerospace Electronic Systems.
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For seminal contributions in advanced inertial guidance and their successful transition to defense and commercial applications.
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Field of Interest

“The field of interest shall be the organization, systems engineering, design, development, integration, and operation of complex systems for space, air, ocean, or ground environments. These systems include but are not limited to navigation, avionics, mobile electric power and electronics, radar, sonar, telemetry, military, law-enforcement, automatic test, simulators, and command and control."


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