Asad M. Madni
Dr. Asad M. Madni served as President, Chief Operating Officer & CTO of BEI Technologies Inc. headquartered in 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 which provided the Hubble with unprecedented accuracy and stability, resulting in truly remarkable images that have enhanced our understanding of the universe; and the revolutionary 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 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 & 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 in the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department at UCLA, Faculty Fellow in the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies, and Executive Managing Director & Chief Technical Officer of Crocker Capital, a private venture firm specializing in emerging technologies.
He received an A.A.S. from RCA Institutes Inc., B.S. & M.S. from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Ph.D. from California Coast University (CCU), S.E. from MIT Sloan School of Management, D.Sc. (h.c.) from Ryerson University, D.Eng. (h.c.) from Technical University of Crete, Sc.D. (h.c.) from California State University and California State University Northridge (CSUN), and Ph.D. degrees (h.c.) from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and from National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. He is also a graduate of the Engineering Management Program at the California Institute of Technology, the Executive Institute and Director’s College at Stanford University, and the Program on Negotiation for Senior Executives and Promoting Innovation and Organizational Change at Harvard University. Dr. Madni is an internationally recognized authority with over 40 years of experience in “intelligent” sensors, system and instrumentation design and signal processing. He is credited with over 200 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 was appointed Distinguished College Professor at TCI College of Technology (the first and only such appointment in the history of the Institute since its founding in 1909 by Nobel Laureate Guglielmo Marconi until its divestiture in 2017), Adjunct Professor in the Computer Science Department at Ryerson University; and on advisory boards at UCLA, USC, CSUN, UTSA, TCI, NCTU, 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 2020 ASME Soichiro Honda Medal, 2020 IEEE Aerospace and Electronics Systems Society’s Industrial Innovation Award, the 2019 Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Aeronautical Society, the 2019 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2019 IEEE Frederik Philips Award, the 2018 Hind Rattan (“Jewel of India”) Award from the Government of India’s NRI Welfare Society, the 2017 National Academy of Engineering’s Heritage Society Medal, the 2017 IEEE HKN Vladimir Karapetoff Outstanding Technical Achievement Award, the 2017 Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Samman Gold Medal from the Government of India’s NRI Welfare Society, the 2017 Gordon Medal for Engineering Leadership from University of California San Diego, the 2016 Ellis Island Medal of Honor, 2016 Dean’s Faculty Award for Service from the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering, 2016 IEEE San Fernando Valley Section’s Visionary Leadership Award, 2015 IET J.J. Thomson Medal (IET Prestige Medal), 2015 IEEE HKN Eminent Member Recognition, 2014 Tau Beta Pi Distinguished Alumnus Award, 2014 World Automation Congress (WAC) Medal of Honor, 2014 National Academy of Engineering’s Einstein Society Award; 2013 (inaugural) UCLA Electrical Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award, 2013 UCLA Electrical Engineering Distinguished Service Award, 2012 IEEE Aerospace and Electronics Systems Society’s Pioneer Award (the society’s highest honor), 2010 IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society’s Career Excellence Award (the society’s highest honor), 2010 UCLA Engineering Lifetime Contribution Award, TCI College of Technology’s Marconi Medal (the Institute’s highest honor) and Citation of Honor, 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, 2006 WAC Lifetime Achievement Award, 2005 IEE Achievement Medal, 2004 UCLA Engineering Alumnus of the Year Award (highest honor granted by the school), 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 Sensors Expo’s Silver Award, 2001 Product Design and Development’s Top 50 Innovations Award, 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 he was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering “for contributions to development and commercialization of sensors and systems for aerospace and automotive safety”. In 2019, IEEE HKN named its top award “The Asad M Madni Outstanding Technical Achievement and Excellence Award” to recognize and honor his nearly 50 years of technical and philanthropic accomplishments, and visionary leadership.
He is also a Chartered Engineer, International Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK), Life 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), Life 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, Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts 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; Honorary Member of Phi Kappa Phi, Interdisciplinary Honor Society; Honorary Member of Golden Key, International Honor Society; 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; Member of Phi Beta Delta, Honor Society for International Scholars; 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 Technical University of Crete, University of Waikato, University of Texas San Antonio, Ryerson University, TCI College of Technology, and Chair Professorship at National Chiao Tung University.
In addition to his visionary leadership & technical achievements, Dr. Madni has been a great philanthropist and has directed a significant portion of his assets and personal time towards the betterment of financially challenged and underrepresented minorities. During his tenure at Systron Donner & BEI, he funded R&D contracts in excess of $ I.5 Million to various national & international academic institutions and made personal cash and in-kind donations, on an on-going basis, for the past 3 decades to support research & student programs. In 2001 and 2004, he sponsored the “MIT on the Road” Program in California. In 2008, he established “the Madni Endowed Scholarship in EE” at UCLA. In 2011, he generously gave $100,000 for 2 matching gift challenges to encourage giving by recently elected NAE members, and by members of his own Section 7 (Electronics). According to him, “These challenges are intended to encourage contributions to the NAE Independent Fund in order to assure the independence of our voice on national policy and to initiate projects that are vital to our nation’s future.” The challenges resulted in generating $452,000 for the NAE. In 2013, he established “the Madni Endowed Scholarship in ECE” at California State University Northridge. In 2014, he established the “Madni Best Paper Awards” at the World Automation Congress. In 2017, he provided a legacy gift to the NAE Heritage Society in order to uphold the mission of the NAE. In 2019, using his beliefs as a guiding principle, Dr. Madni established the IEEE-HKN “Madni Family Fund” which provides IEEE-HKN with the financial resources it urgently needs to drive new levels of recognition & programming. In 2020, together with NAE Member Ming Hsieh, he provided a sponsorship of $100,000 for the production of the 50th Anniversary Commemorative Issue of The Bridge, Quarterly Journal of the National Academy of Engineering of the National Academies.
Leonard G. Bonilla
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Senior Research Scientist
Dan Goebel is a Fellow of the IEEE, an Adjunct Professor in Electrical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering at UCLA, and an Adjunct Professor in Electrical Engineering at the University of Southern California. He is a Senior Research Scientist at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he develops Electric Propulsion systems for deep space probes and satellites. He is an expert in electric thrusters, satellite communications, microwave sources, high voltage power modulator technology, and the modification of materials by plasmas. At UCLA he teaches courses in Spacecraft Technology and Design, and at USC he teaches Wireless Communications and Electromagnetics courses. Dr. Goebel is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the AIAA, Fellow of the IEEE, and Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). He is the author of over 125 technical journal papers, 150 conference papers, one book entitled Fundamentals of Electric Propulsion: Ion and Hall Thrusters published by Wiley and Sons in 2008, and holds 53 patents. Dr. Goebel received his B.S. (Physics), University of California at Los Angeles, 1977, M.S. (Electrical Engineering), UCLA, 1978, and Ph.D. (Applied Plasma Physics, Electrical Engineering Department), UCLA, 1981.
He was previously responsible for building and maintaining relationships with alumni to increase their participation and involvement within the School. His responsibilities included organizing alumni networking events on campus and at company and regional locations, supporting technical forums, research reviews, and awards dinners, enhancing student support and mentoring opportunities, arranging company infosessions for hiring students, supporting sports and social events, departmental alumni relations activities and boards, and the Engineering Alumni Association Governing Board and committees. He was also responsible for recognizing alumni through the School’s engineering awards process, and celebrating their accomplishments in publications and on the website.
Dr. Goodin was previously Director of Short Course and Technical Management Programs at UCLA Extension where he was responsible for the development, marketing, and quality assurance of nearly 150 state-of-the-art, one-week short courses in computer and information systems, engineering, and technical management. These courses attract participants form across the US and abroad. His responsibilities also included the one-week Technical Management Program, which is held twice a year. Previously, he served in technical and management positions at Hughes Aircraft Company (defense software), Digital Productions (graphics software), and Dames & Moore (environmental software). He was also a Post Doctoral Fellow at the California Institute of Technology in Environmental Engineering Science.
He is past President of the UCLA Engineering Alumni Association, and a current member of the Governing Board. He has received the UCLA HSSEAS Service Award in 2004 for his volunteer activities in support of HSSEAS, the Rodney D. Chipp Memorial Award from SWE in 2010 for his support of advancing women in engineering, the McDonald Mentoring Award in 2011 from Tau Beta Pi, the Outstanding Branch Counselor Award in 2011 from IEEE, the Practitioner Advisor of the Year by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Region 9 in 2014, and the Outstanding Collegiate Section Mentor by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Sonora Region in 2014.
Dr. Goodin holds a BA in mathematics from San Jose State University, and MS in computer science, PhD in mechanical engineering, and MEngr in engineering management, all from UCLA.
Grace E. King
Currently, Leticia Solis is the Deputy Executive Officer leading the Wayside Systems team at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) for the Maintenance and Engineering team. The role encompasses leading the operations of wayside systems, including train control, traction power, track, rail communications, and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems that support six (6) rail lines transporting over 7.4M riders across Los Angeles County monthly. Prior to leading the Wayside Systems team, Leticia was the Director for Rail Communications. Her team was responsible for maintaining 11 wayside communication systems including the monitoring of the fiber-optic backbone network, security systems, customer information systems, and fire, life and safety equipment.
Before joining LACMTA, Leticia held various leadership roles at Frontier and Verizon Communications. At Frontier (formerly Verizon California), she managed the field operations team supporting customer service, market growth and community engagement in the core service area responsible for delivery of broadband, video and voice services to residential and large business customers. With Verizon, Leticia was the Director of the Consumer Sales & Service Centers for the Verizon California Region. The Sales Center’s primary function focused on selling strategic products to the Consumer customers. Leticia also lead the Verizon Center for Customer with Disabilities (VCCD), which provided the highest quality of service to the customers with mobility, cognitive, hearing & vision disabilities by empowering them with accessible telecommunications products & services. Prior to leading the Sales team, Leticia was the Director of FiOS Operations for the Verizon California Region. Her team was responsible for the installation and maintenance of FiOS for Consumer and Business customers. She also led the Construction organization in California, Oregon and Washington. The team was responsible for supporting installation and maintenance of the outside plant and the Multi Dwelling Units/Multi-tenant Units program.
Leticia has over 20 years of experience working in the Telecommunication Industry, having lived and worked in various locations and capacities, she also had a three-year assignment in Tampa, Florida, where she managed Consumer and Large Business maintenance call centers and managed the Copper Installation and Maintenance organization for Verizon.
Prior to joining Verizon, Solis worked as an electrical engineer for PacifiCorp, a power company, in Wyoming and Oregon for five years. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from UCLA in 1990. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California with her husband Dr. Christopher Solek.