Madni, Asad M.
Sc.D. (h.c.), California State University and California State University, Northridge, 2013
D.Eng. (h.c.), Technical University of Crete, 2012
US National Academy of Engineering, 2011
D.Sc. (h.c.), Ryerson University, 2009
IET (UK), Achievement Medal, 2005
IEEE Third Millenium Medal, 2000
Fellow, NAI (2015), SAE (2006), IET (2006), AIAA (2013), AAAS (2002), NYAS (2000), IAE (2000), IEE (1999), IEEE (1998), IEEE (Life, 2013)
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 Scientist 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), D.Sc. (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 170 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 69 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 2014 Tau Beta Pi Distinguished Alumni Award, the 2014 World Automation Congress Medal of Honor, the UCLA Electrical Engineering 2013 (Inaugural) Distinguished Alumni Award, the 2013 UCLA Electrical Engineering Distinguished Service Award, 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, Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, 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; Honorary Member of Phi Kappa Phi, Interdisciplinary 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. He has also been awarded honorary professorships at the Technical University of Crete, Greece and the University of Waikato, New Zealand.
Professor Madni's research includes development and commercialization of intelligent sensors and systems, RF and microwave instrumentation, and signal processing. Specifically, his sensor related research has focused on MEMS gyroscopes, accelerometers, pressure and position sensors, optical encoders, torque sensors, and actuators for automotive electronic stability control and rollover prevention systems, autonomous cruise control, lane-change assist systems, industrial manufacturing systems, and aerospace applications. His systems research addressed inertial measurement systems, motion control systems, pointing systems, and stabilization systems. The inertial measurement sensors and systems are used for aircraft and missile guidance and control; and as yaw dampers, attitude heading and reference and standby indicator systems for commercial aircrafts and space vehicles, The motion control and pointing systems are used in space applications while the stabilization systems are used to stabilize ground based, airborne, and ship based platforms. Professor Madni also directed advanced research in fault tolerant, energy aware, wireless sensor networks, and ad-hoc social networks. His research in RF and microwave instrumentation and systems, primarily geared towards enhancing the combat readiness of the US tri-services, was directed towards developing spectrum analyzers, sweep generators, coaxial and waveguide transmission line/antenna systems analyzer, direct and indirect frequency synthesizers, radar receivers, and solid-state multiple techniques noise and deception jammers used against Doppler radars in unmanned aerial targets and manned aircraft.
Awards and Recognitions
- 2014 Fellow, National Academy of Inventors
- 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award, Tau Beta Pi, The National Engineering Honor Society
- 2014 Honorary Professorship, University of Waikato, New Zealand
- 2014 Honorary Professorship, Technical University of Crete
- 2014 Co-Honoree, World Automation Congress (WAC), Medal of Honor
- 2013 UCLA Electrical Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award
- 2013 UCLA Electrical Engineering Distinguished Service Award
- 2013 Honorary Member, Phi Kappa Phi, Interdisciplinary Honor Society
- 2013 Sc.D.(honoris causa), California State University and California State University, Northridge
- 2013 Lifetime Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
- 2013 Life Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
- 2012 IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society's Pioneer Award
- 2012 D.Eng. (honoris causa), Technical University of Crete
- 2011 US National Academy of Engineering
- 2010 IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society's Career Excellence Award
- 2010 UCLA Engineering, Lifetime Contribution Award
- 2009 D.Sc. (honoris causa), Ryerson University
- 2009 Honorary Member, Upsilon Pi Epsilon, Honor Society for Computing & Information Disciplines
- 2009 Eta Kappa Nu, The National Electrical and Computer Engineering Honor Society
- 2009 Tau Alpha Pi, The National Engineering Technology Honor Society
- 2008 IEEE Region 6, Outstanding Engineer Award
- 2008 IEEE Region 6 South, Outstanding Engineer Award
- 2008 IEEE Region 6 South, Outstanding Leadership and Professional Service Award
- 2008 Eminent Engineer,Tau Beta Pi, The National Engineering Honor Society
- 2008 UCLA Engineering, Distinguished Service Award
- 2007 Marconi Medal from TCI College of Technology
- 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Automation Congress
- 2006 Fellow, Society of Automotive Engineers
- 2006 Fellow, Institution of Engineering and Technology (UK)
- 2005 Achievement Medal from Institution of Engineering & Technology (UK)
- 2005 Lifetime Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
- 2004 UCLA Engineering, Alumnus of the Year Award
- 2004 Distinguished Engineering Achievement Award from the Engineers’ Council
- 2003 George Washington Engineer of the Year Award from the Los Angeles Council of Engineers & Scientists
- 2002 UCLA Professional Achievement Award Medal
- 2002 Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
- 2001 CCU, Distinguished Alumni Award
- 2000 IEEE Third Millennium Medal
- 2000 Fellow, New York Academy of Science
- 2000 Fellow, Institute for the Advancement of Engineering
- 2000 Joseph F. Engelberger Best Paper Award at the World Automation Congress
- 1999 Fellow, Institution of Electrical Engineers (UK)
- 1998 Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
- 1992 Association of Old Crows, Gold Certificate of Merit