How IEEE Spectrum Was Born

A half century after its founding, IEEE Spectrum has validated the vision of a small group of far-sighted engineers

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How IEEE Spectrum Was Born
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Spectrum 50th anniv logo

Fifty years ago this month, members of the IEEE got the first tangible benefit of their membership—a fat, glossy magazine with a jazzy red pattern on the cover. Inside, the magazine’s volunteer editor, a plainspoken, 56-year-old engineering dean from the Midwestern United States named John D. Ryder, launched the first-ever Spectral Lines column with a hearty hello.

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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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