IEEE Spectrum Technology in the Service of Society Award

Cast your vote for the technology that will do the most good for humankind

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The IEEE Spectrum Technology in the Service of Society Award will be presented to the technology chosen from our five winners as having the most promising potential to provide the greatest overall benefit to humankind. We will present the award, along with the IEEE Spectrum Emerging Technology Award, at the EE Times Ace Awards event during the Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose this April. IEEE Spectrum is the association media sponsor for the Ace Awards.

To vote for this award winner, see the poll at the bottom of this page.

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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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