Convergence of Emerging Technologies to Address the Challenges of the 21st Century

Speaker: Asad Madni ’69, MS ’72
Affiliation: Distinguished Adjunct Professor, Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineering Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series

ABSTRACT:  There are numerous “Grand Challenges” facing humanity that will have to be addressed by us as a global society in order to maintain our quality of life, healthcare, environment, energy needs and manufacturing efficiencies. Traditional technologies based on classical disciplines and thought processes are no longer viable in addressing these challenges. Fortunately, numerous emerging technologies are advancing at an unimaginable rate; and it is the convergence of these technologies that demonstrate the potential to have a major impact on our lives. These emerging technologies are establishing the basis for a new paradigm in the development and commercialization of next generation intelligent, miniaturized, highly robust complex systems. 

Join Dr. Madni as he addresses some of these major technologies and their applications including, intelligent sensors and wireless sensor networks, intelligent cars and smart highways, tele-health (wireless healthcare), micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), nanotechnology, clean technology, robotics and automation, smart grid, and ultra-high throughput and wide bandwidth instrumentation.

BIOGRAPHY:  Dr. Asad Madni served as President, COO & CTO of BEI Technologies Inc. from 1992 until his retirement in 2006. He led the development & commercialization of intelligent micro-sensors, systems, and instrumentation for which he has received worldwide acclaim. Prior to 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 capabilities of the US Tri-Services. He is currently, an Independent Consultant, Distinguished Adjunct Professor/Distinguished Scientist at UCLA, Distinguished Professor at TCI College of Technology, Adjunct Professor at Ryerson University, and Executive Managing Director & CTO of Crocker Capital.

He received an A.A.S. from RCA Institutes Inc., B.S. & M.S.  from UCLA, Ph.D. from California Coast University, 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, 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. He is credited with over 170 refereed publications, 69 issued or pending patents, and is the recipient of numerous national and international honors and awards including, Ellis Island Medal of Honor, IET (UK) J.J.Thomson Medal, IEEE Millennium Medal, TCI College Marconi Medal, UCLA Professional Achievement Medal, UCLA Engineering Alumnus of the Year Award, UCLA Engineering Lifetime Contribution Award, UCLA EE Distinguished Alumni Award, IEEE AESS Pioneer Award, IEEE HKN Eminent Member Award, IEEE IMS Career Excellence Award and Tau Beta Pi Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2011 he was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering and in 2014 he was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.  He is a Fellow/Eminent Engineer of 14 of the world’s most prestigious professional academies and societies and has been awarded five honorary professorships.

Date(s) - May 24, 2017
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

EE-IV Shannon Room #54-134
420 Westwood Plaza - 5th Flr., Los Angeles CA 90095