The King of Comic-Con

In his spare time, software engineer John Rogers presides over one of the world's largest and strangest conventions

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The last thing you want to do is rankle a group of Star Wars stormtroopers. The annual geekfest known as Comic-Con International is not only a four-day exploration of the intersection of science fiction, comics, science, and pop culture; with 125 000 attendees, it’s one of the largest conventions in the world, requiring heroic feats of engineering to keep the lines moving and the fans happy. Luckily, the guy at its helm is an engineer.

By day, John Rogers is a mild-mannered director of engineering at an undisclosed San Diego telecommunications company. But on the third week in July, he sheds his suit and tie and morphs into the president of Comic-Con. You’ll probably spot him wandering the San Diego Convention Center, past a parade of Jokers, Supermen, and blue-skinned Na’vis, walkie-talkie in hand.

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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.

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