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Aerospace Job Forecast: Skies Are Clearing

Long-term contracts buffer the aerospace-engineering market

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Aerospace Job Forecast: Skies Are Clearing

Construction crews are working on the first commercial spaceport, in New Mexico. Start-ups are rushing to launch tourists and cargo into space. Google wants to put robots on the moon. The commercial space race is on—and it's helping the broader aerospace industry.

It can use the help. The layoffs that followed the economic crash have left fewer jobs for engineers than there were in 2008. But a backlog of orders combined with an increasingly urgent need to replace an aging workforce has cushioned the blow.

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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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