Dr. Asad M. Madni
President, Chief Operating Officer & CTO (Retired)
BEI Technologies Inc.
Distinguished Adjunct Professor/Distinguished Scientist
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
Faculty Fellow, Institute of Transportation Studies
University of California Los Angeles
Dr. Asad M. Madni served as President, Chief Operating Officer & CTO of BEI Technologies Inc. from 1992 until the completion of its $600M acquisition to Schneider Electric in 2006. He led the development and commercialization of intelligent sensors and systems for aerospace, commercial and transportation industries, including the Extremely Slow Motion Servo Control System for Hubble Space Telescope’s Star Selector System which provided the Hubble with unprecedented accuracy and stability, resulting in truly remarkable images that have enhanced our understanding of the universe; and the revolutionary 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 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 (not possible with prior art) to simulate more threat representative ECM environments for current and future advanced warfare training. Dr. Madni is currently an Independent Consultant, Distinguished Adjunct Professor and Distinguished Scientist in the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department at UCLA, Faculty Fellow in the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies, and Executive Managing Director & Chief Technical Officer of Crocker Capital, a private venture firm specializing in emerging technologies.
Dr. Madni served as President, COO & CTO of BEI Technologies Inc. from 1992 until the completion of its $600M acquisition to Schneider Electric in 2006. Over this 14-year period, he led the development and commercialization of highly customized intelligent sensors, systems, and instrumentation into mainstream adoption across the aerospace, manufacturing and transportation industries. Immediately prior, he was with Systron Donner Corporation, a Thorn/EMI company, for 18 years, eventually as Chairman, President & CEO, where he made seminal and pioneering contributions to the creation of radio frequency and microwave electronic systems. Today, he serves as Distinguished Adjunct Professor & Distinguished Scientist in the UCLA Electrical & Computer Engineering Department, and Faculty Fellow in the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies. He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), received BS and MS degrees from UCLA, PhD from California Coast University, and SE from MIT Sloan School of Management. He completed advanced management studies at Stanford, Caltech and Harvard.
Dr. Madni served as a director on the board of 7 highly successful technology companies and on advisory boards of several professional/academic organizations including NAE, NAI, IEEE HKN, UCLA, USC, CSUN, UTSA, UNM, NCTU, UKM, UoW, Technical University of Crete, Ryerson University, IEEE Systems Journal and AutoSoft Journal. Since 2021 he has been a Founding Member of the Leadership Board of the Terasaki Institute of Biomedical Innovation.
The impact and significance of his pioneering contributions have been recognized worldwide via 84 major honors, 5 honorary doctorate degrees, 6 honorary professorships, 69 issued/pending patents, and over 200 refereed publications. He is the recipient of major national and international honors including, the ASME Soichiro Honda Medal, IEEE AESS Industrial Innovation Award, IEEE Heritage Circle Nikola Tesla Society Honored Philanthropist Award, Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Aeronautical Society, Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, IEEE Frederik Philips Award, Hind Rattan (“Jewel of India”) Award from NRI Welfare Society of India, National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) Heritage Society Medal, IEEE HKN Vladimir Karapetoff Outstanding Technical Achievement Award, Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Samman Medal from NRI Welfare Society of India, Gordon Medal for Engineering Leadership from University of California San Diego, Ellis Island Medal of Honor, Dean's Faculty Award for Service from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, IEEE San Fernando Valley Section's Visionary Leadership Award, IET J.J. Thomson Medal (IET Prestige Medal), IEEE HKN Eminent Member Recognition, Tau Beta Pi Distinguished Alumnus Award, World Automation Congress (WAC) Medal of Honor, NAE Einstein Society Award; UCLA ECE Distinguished Alumnus & Distinguished Service Awards, IEEE AESS Pioneer Award (the society's highest honor), IEEE IMS Career Excellence Award (the society's highest honor), UCLA Engineering Lifetime Contribution Award, TCI College of Technology's Marconi Medal (Institute’s highest honor) and Citation of Honor, IEEE Region 6 Outstanding Engineer & Outstanding Leadership & Professional Service Awards, UCLA Engineering Distinguished Service Award, WAC Lifetime Achievement Award, IEE Achievement Medal, UCLA Engineering Alumnus of the Year Award (highest honor granted by the school), Distinguished Engineering Achievement Award from the Engineers’ Council, George Washington Engineer of the Year Award from the Los Angeles Council of Engineers & Scientists, UCLA Professional Achievement Medal, Sensors Expo's Silver Award, Product Design and Development's Top 50 Innovations Award, IEEE Millennium Medal, WAC Joseph F. Engelberger Best Paper Award, CCU Distinguished Alumni Award (university’s highest honor), Association of Old Crows Gold Certificate of Merit, and is listed in all major Who’s Who publications including Who’s Who in America, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in Science & Engineering, Who's Who in Technology, Who's Who in Finance & Industry, International Who's Who of Intellectuals, 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 20th & 21st Centuries, Outstanding People of the 21st Century, and Asia Men and Women of Achievement. He has also been a featured guest on numerous television shows including CNN with Casey Wyan, BizNews 1 (now CNBC) with Mike Russell, and Doordarshan Indian TV. In 2019, IEEE HKN named its top award “The Asad M Madni Outstanding Technical Achievement and Excellence Award” to recognize and honor his nearly 50 years of technical and philanthropic accomplishments, and visionary leadership.
He is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, International Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK), International Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, Life Fellow of National Academy of Inventors, Life Fellow of Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, Fellow of Institution of Electrical Engineers (UK), Fellow of Institution of Engineering & Technology (UK), Life Fellow of Institute for the Advancement of Engineering, Fellow of New York Academy of Sciences, Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow of Society of Automotive Engineers, Lifetime Fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Fellow of Royal Aeronautical Society, Fellow of American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering and Member of European Academy of Sciences & Arts. He is also an Eminent Engineer of Tau Beta Pi, National Engineering Honor Society; Honorary Member of Upsilon Pi Epsilon, Honor Society for Computing and Information Disciplines; Honorary Member of Phi Kappa Phi, Interdisciplinary Honor Society; Honorary Member of Golden Key, International Honor Society; Eminent Member of Eta Kappa Nu, Electrical & Computer Engineering Honor Society; Member of Tau Alpha Pi, National Engineering Technology Honor Society; Member of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society; Member of Delta Epsilon Tau, International Honor Society & Member of Phi Beta Delta, Honor Society for International Scholars.
Dr. Madni is also a highly respected philanthropist who has directed a significant portion of his financial assets and personal time towards establishing endowed scholarships, educational programs, and initiatives for the betterment of financially challenged and underrepresented minorities.