The Republic of Engineering Is Not a Democracy

...and neither is the Republic of Science, says G. Pascal Zachary in his new series for IEEE Spectrum, "The Scientific Estate"

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The Republic of Engineering Is Not a Democracy

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This week’s midterm elections in the United States were about many things, but the public agenda for science and engineering—for R&D—was not among the issues in dispute. Democrats and Republicans may disagree about almost everything, but on the subject of what technoscientific research to pursue and which engineering advances to promote, the nation’s political elite is virtually silent.

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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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