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Sexual Harassment Prevention: What Really Works

Some U.S. engineering schools are training people to intervene when they see abuse

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Stepping Up: Krista Anderson (left) and Noël Busch-Armendariz (center) of the University of Texas at Austin and Erika Marín-Spiotta (right) of the University of Wisconsin–Madison are working to improve antiharassment training and reporting mechanisms.
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Sexual harassment is endemic at U.S. universities and colleges, and the policies and procedures currently in place to prevent it are not working. That’s the searing takeaway from a report released in June by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Some research institutions are now seeking quantitative ways to measure and track the efficacy of their antiharassment programs—while others remain quiet.

More than half of the female faculty and staff in academia have been harassed, the analysis found. And more than 25 percent of female engineering students within the University of Texas system reported sexual harassment by faculty or staff, according to a 2017 survey cited in the report [see charts].

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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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