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Renewable Energy, Renewable Jobs

The need for clean and renewable energy ensures a need for EEs

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The sun is shining for electrical engineers. There should be plenty of engineering jobs in renewable energy to go around in the next few years, industry experts say. And they will be well paying and long lasting.

In July, President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors released a report saying that the stimulus package had saved or created over 330 000 clean-energy jobs in the first half of this year. To be sure, those jobs mainly went to electricians, solar photovoltaic installers, wind-turbine technicians, and the like. But engineers, especially electrical and mechanical, will always be in demand at clean-energy companies, says Todd Stewart, project manager for a 440-megawatt concentrated solar photovoltaic project in the Mojave Desert being built by BrightSource Energy, based in Oakland, Calif.

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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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