Asad Madni

UCLA | Distinguished Scientist

Lecture Information:
  • September 30, 2016
  • 2:00 PM
  • ECS 241
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Speaker Bio

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) from Ryerson University, D.Eng. (H) from Technical University of Crete, Sc.D. (H) from California State University/CSUN, and PhD (H) from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (The National University of Malaysia) and National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. He is also a graduate of the Engineering Management Program at California Institute of Technology, the Executive Institute and Director’s College at Stanford University, and the Program on Negotiation for Senior Executives at Harvard University Law School.

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, IET (UK) J.J.Thomson Medal, IEEE Millennium Medal, TCI College Marconi Medal, UCLA Professional Achievement Medal, 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 “for contributions to development and commercialization of sensors and systems for aerospace and automotive safety”. In 2014 he was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors “for demonstrating a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society”. In 2014 he was the co-honoree of World Automation Congress (WAC). He is a Fellow/Eminent Engineer of 14 of the world’s most prestigious professional academies and societies and has been awarded three honorary professorships.


There are numerous “Grand Challenges” facing humanity that will have to be addressed by us as a global society in order to maintain our well-being from the standpoint of quality of life, healthcare, environment, energy needs, manufacturing efficiencies, etc., if we are to continue humanity’s trajectory of progress. Traditional technologies based on classical disciplines and thought processes of the past several decades are no longer viable in addressing these challenges, and a new approach based on interdisciplinary thinking is necessary. 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, businesses, government, society and our planet. 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. This lecture will address 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.