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Hidden Gems

These three science and technology museums may not be the best known, but they are truly special

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Nearly 10 years ago, IEEE Spectrum put out a call to engineers and their kids. We asked them to check out some of the U.S. science and technology museums and tell us the truth—were they fun? Were they accurate? Were they up to date? At the time, more than 50 families reviewed 37 museums in 19 states and the District of Columbia.

These museums can have a huge impact; my husband, for instance, credits a childhood visit to a science museum with starting him on his path to a Ph.D. in space physics. So last year we asked again. This time, thanks to the Internet, IEEE members around the world contributed. So far, 14 families have reviewed 26 museums in seven countries.

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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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