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Mechanical Engineering Seminar: Dr. Asad Madni
Friday, September 28, 2012
2:00 p.m.
3201 JM Patterson Hall, Bldg 083
For More Information:
Prof. Ashwani Gupta
301 405 5276
akgupta@umd.edu
http://www.enme.umd.edu/seminars/index.html

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

Asad Madni, Ph.D.
Distinguished Adjunct Professor
Electrical Engineering Department
University of California, Los Angeles

Abstract:
There are numerous “Grand Challenges” facing humanity that will have to be addressed by a global society in order to maintain our quality of life, healthcare, environment, energy needs, and manufacturing efficiencies, in order to continue humanity’s trajectory of progress. 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. This lecture will address some of these major technologies and their applications including intelligent sensors and wireless sensor networks, intelligent cars and smart highways, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), nanotechnology, clean technology, and robotics and automation.

About the Speaker:
Dr. Asad M. Madni served as President, Chief Operating Officer & CTO of BEI Technologies Inc. headquartered in Sylmar, 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 and the revolutionary Quartz 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 to simulate more threat representative ECM environments for current and future advanced warfare training.

Dr. Madni is currently an Independent Consultant; Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering at UCLA; and Executive Managing Director & Chief Technical Officer of Crocker Capital, a San Francisco based private venture firm specializing in emerging technologies.

He received the A.A.S. degree from RCA Institutes Inc., B.S. & M.S. degrees from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA),Ph.D degree from California Coast University (CCU), DSc. degree (honoris causa) from Ryerson University, and the Doctorate degree (honoris causa) from Technical University of Crete. He is also a graduate of the Engineering Management Program at the California Institute of Technology, the Executive Institute at Stanford University, and the Program for Senior Executives at MIT Sloan School of Management. Dr.Madni is an internationally recognized authority with over 40 years of experience in "intelligent" sensors and system design and signal processing. He is credited with over 150 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 68 issued or pending patents resulting in numerous "industry firsts".

This Event is For: Clark School • Graduate • Undergraduate • Faculty • Staff • Post-Docs

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