What Young Engineers Want Out of the Revolutions

Engineers in Egypt and Tunisia hope for more jobs and better education

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Fed up with their countries' stagnant politics and economies, chronic unemployment and underemployment, low living standards, and lack of opportunities, young men and women took to the streets earlier this year in Egypt and Tunisia and overthrew their governments. Young engineers were among the crowds at Tahrir Square and Tunis. IEEE Spectrum spoke with roughly half a dozen to find out what they were fighting for.

Nearly all had the same wish list. "Engineers, like other Egyptians, want the same thing: freedom, lack of corruption, and better opportunities," says Kareem Habib, a digital design engineer at Mentor Graphics Corp., in Cairo.

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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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