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MIT, You're Not All That

A new ranking system puts some lesser-known EE programs above the big-name schools

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MIT, You're Not All That

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Range Finder: A new National Research Council assessment of U.S. doctoral programs in electrical and computer engineering not only replaces ranks with ranges, it downgrades some traditional favorites.

* For the direct ranking, faculty raters assign numerical weights directly. In the indirect method,rankings were derived from faculty evaluations of a graduate program's characteristics.
NOTE: U.S. News rankings were for the 2010–11 academic year. The NRC data concern 2005–06.

In an article published by The New Yorker in February, Malcolm Gladwell rips apart college rankings for their subjective, and even arbitrary, criteria. "Who comes out on top," he concludes, "is really about who is doing the ranking."

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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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