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Asad Madni Elected as Member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE)


February 24, 2011 —

Asad Madni, chair of USC Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering Department Advisory Board, was recently elected as a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). The NAE is a private, independent, nonprofit institution that provides engineering leadership in service to the nation. Its mission is to promote the technological welfare of the nation by marshaling the expertise and insights of its members in the engineering profession. Membership in the academy is the highest professional distinction that can be accorded an engineer. Members are elected to the academy by their peers for having distinguished themselves in research, technical positions and leadership in industry, government and academia. The 2011 class consists of 68 members total.

Dr. Madni served as President, Chief Operating Officer and CTO of BEI Technologies Inc. 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 (micro-electro-mechanical system) GyroChip technology which is used worldwide for electronic stability control and rollover protection in passenger vehicles.

Prior to joining BEI he was with Systron Donner Corporation for 18 years in senior technical and executive positions, eventually as Chairman, President and CEO. Here he made seminal and pioneering contributions in the development of radio frequency (RF) and microwave systems and instrumentation which significantly enhanced the combat readiness of the US Navy (and its allies) and which provided the Department of Defense the ability (not possible with prior art) to simulate more threat representative electronic counter-measure (ECM) environments for current and future advanced warfare training. Dr. Madni is currently the Executive Managing Director and Chief Technical Officer of Crocker Capital, a San Francisco based private venture firm specializing in emerging technologies. He has served as chair of the Ming Hsieh EE Advisory Board since 2002.

Dr. Madni has served as a director on the board of six highly successful technology companies and on the advisory boards of several professional and academic organizations. He is an internationally recognized authority with over 37 years of experience in "intelligent" sensors and system design and signal processing. He is credited with over 150 publications and 67 issued or pending patents resulting in numerous "industry firsts." He is also the recipient of numerous national and international awards and honors including, most recently the D.Sc. Degree (Honoris Causa) from Ryerson University, the 2010 IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society's Career Excellence Award and the 2010 UCLA Engineering Lifetime Contribution Award.

Alexander (Sandy) Sawchuk, Chair of the Ming Hsieh EE-Systems Department, remarked: "Our department joins me in congratulating Asad Madni for his election to the National Academy of Engineering. This distinction recognizes his exceptional technical contributions in the development and commercialization of sensors and systems for aerospace and automotive safety. We are also grateful for his leadership and service with our Electrical Engineering Department Advisory Board."