Asad Madni, a distinguished adjunct professor and distinguished scientist of electrical and computer engineering at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering, has been elected as an International Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. The nonprofit organization announced this week its 2021 class of 52 fellows. Madni was one of only two international fellows selected this year.
The Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) is a Canadian institution through which individuals, who have made outstanding contributions to engineering in the country, provide strategic advice on matters of critical importance to Canada and its citizens. Established in 1987, CAE Fellows are “nominated and elected by their peers in view of their distinguished achievements and career-long service.”
Madni received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering from UCLA and a doctoral degree from California Coast University. He developed and commercialized sensors, systems and instrumentation for the automotive, industrial and aerospace industries. As president, chief operating officer and chief technology officer of BEI Technologies, he developed the Extremely Slow Motion Servo Control System for the Hubble Space Telescope and the Quartz MEMS GyroChip technology used in stability control and rollover protection in automobiles. Madni also led major scientific research at Ryerson University in Toronto, and has been a doctoral thesis advisor to many prominent Canadians.
Over a long and successful career, Madni has been elected a fellow or an eminent member by some of the world’s most prestigious scientific and technical academies and societies. Among them are the National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Inventors, Royal Academy of Engineering, European Academy of Sciences and Arts, New York Academy of Sciences, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Institution of Engineering and Technology, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Society of Automotive Engineers, American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering and the Royal Aeronautical Society. He received the UCLA Samueli Alumnus of the Year in 2004.
In 2019, IEEE Eta Kappa Nu, the leading professional electronic and electrical engineering honor society IEEE, established a new annual award – its highest honor – in Madni’s name. The award recognizing his more than 50 years of service and leadership. He has been awarded 5 honorary doctorate degrees and 6 honorary professorships.
Due to the COVID pandemic, the CAE will hold a virtual induction ceremony honoring both the 2020 and 2021 elected Fellows in October 2021.