EE Salaries: It Could Be Worse

Raises in U.S. to be modest this year (and don't even talk about stock options)

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When David Knol, an electronic design automation (EDA) engineer with five years’ experience, switched jobs last year, he was thrilled to be making more money. ”I felt like this was an extraordinary situation,” says Knol, now an engineering manager at EDA start-up Hier Design Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.). ”Most people I know are making lateral moves” with no pay increase.

Indeed, with U.S. unemployment among electrical engineers now running around 7 percent, just having a job and getting a raise can be invigorating [see ”It’s Cold Out There,”]. Many companies that employ engineers have frozen wages, while others that haven’t are doling out raises so paltry as to seem imperceptible.

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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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