Professor Asad M. Madni Awarded the 2022 Elmer A. Sperry Award

IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity has announced that Distinguished Adjunct Professor Asad M. Madni is recognized with the 2022 Elmer A. Sperry Award in recognition of his leadership in the development and commercialization of the first solid-state gyroscope and its subsequent integration into a complete automotive inertial measurement unit integrated circuit for stability control.

The Elmer A. Sperry Award is given in recognition of a distinguished engineering contribution, which through application, proven in actual service, has advanced the art of transportation, whether by land, sea, air, or space. The Sperry Award is managed by a board representing six engineering organizations: the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, SAE International, and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers.

Dr. Asad M. Madni will be receiving the Sperry Award at the IEEE-HKN Student Leadership Conference Dinner on Saturday, 4 November 2023. Learn more:

Dr. Asad M. Madni was President, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Technology Officer of BEI Technologies Inc. headquartered in California. His revolutionary contributions to sensors and systems for navigation and stability in aerospace and automotive safety applications have helped save countless lives around the world. The GyroChip and numerous other sensing, actuation, and signal-processing techniques developed by Madni are at the heart of vehicle dynamic control in intelligent and autonomous vehicles through capabilities such as electronic stability control, rollover prevention, lane change assist, autonomous cruise control, navigation, drowsy-driver detection, drunk driver detection, child seat detection, memory seat sensing, and self-maintenance. They are also used for guidance, navigation, and control; and attitude heading and reference in commercial and military aircrafts, UAVs, and space programs.

An IEEE Life Fellow, Madni received the 2022 IEEE Medal of Honor, IEEE’s highest award, and the 2022 Prince Philip Medal, the Royal Academy of Engineering’s highest individual honor. Madni is also an HKN Eminent Member and received the HKN Vladimir Karapetoff Outstanding Technical Achievement Award in 2017.

He is a Distinguished Adjunct Professor/Distinguished Scientist, and Co-supervisor of the High-Speed Electronics Laboratory at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. He is also a Faculty Fellow with UCLA’s Institute of Transportation Studies and the Connected Autonomous Electrical Vehicle Consortium, Los Angeles, CA, USA.