Travel Tips

Get more out of business trips by applying project-management skills

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Business travel often comes as feast or famine, leaving some wanting less and others, more. All of us, however, need ways to make the travel itself rewarding, and the best approach is by giving it the same detailed attention you'd devote to one of your technical assignments.

If you want to travel more--to win business, forge connections with far-flung parts of your organization, or just see the world--you can wangle trips to conferences. One way is to get involved in professional societies and industry committees, many of which hold their regular meetings at conferences; another is to respond to requests for abstracts for conference papers. Your company will be happy to send you.

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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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