A Balancing Act

Lockheed engineer Teresa Olson juggles work and home but still leaves time for herself

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It's not every cheerleader who grows up to be a missile designer, but Teresa Olson doesn't see anything odd about it. Not that the Lockheed Martin Corp. engineer tries to break stereotypes--it's just her personality, she insists.

Being a woman in a male-dominated field is just one way Olson stands out. When the honor society Eta Kappa Nu awarded Olson its Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer Award in 2001, it cited not only her numerous professional achievements but also her skill as a sketch artist and photographer. "People suggest that you're either really creative and artistic or very logical and organized and scientific," Olson says. "I don't hold to that philosophy--actually, the creativity helps to stimulate the scientific nature."

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

His pivot from defense helped a tiny tuning-fork prevent SUV rollovers and plane crashes

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

In 1992, Asad M. Madni sat at the helm of BEI Sensors and Controls, overseeing a product line that included a variety of sensor and inertial-navigation devices, but its customers were less varied—mainly, the aerospace and defense electronics industries.

And he had a problem.

The Cold War had ended, crashing the U.S. defense industry. And business wasn’t going to come back anytime soon. BEI needed to identify and capture new customers—and quickly.

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