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Simon Ramo, the R in TRW Inc., Is the Man Behind IEEE’s Systems Engineering Medal

Ramo’s seminal contributions to engineering spanned decades

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Simon Ramo holds a plaque showing the first page of the last patent he received, in 2013, at age 100.
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There’s a meme making the rounds of late that genius is an illusion, and that all great human accomplishments are actually just the result of hard work and a high tolerance for failure.

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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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