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Delvers into U.S. R and D Budget Numbers Are Disappointed

Science groups say U.S. budget austerity will mean penny-pinching for researchers

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7 May 2004--Science and technology analysts are examining the U.S. federal budget. It must be spring. Each year at this time, after the White House releases its proposal for the upcoming year's budget, members of the science and technology community get together at high-level policy forums in Washington, D.C., to discuss what the proposal will mean for their ongoing and planned projects. And with the Bush administration's 2005 budget plan, the mood at these meetings has been one of disappointment.

The administration's science policies were analyzed at a trio of events. The first was the 8�9 March Engineering R and D Symposium, cosponsored by IEEE-USA. The following month, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) held its 29th Annual Forum on Science and Technology Policy on 22�23 April. Then, at a news conference on 4 May, the National Science Board announced the release of its biennial report on the U.S. scientific and technical work force, Science and Engineering Indicators.

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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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