Why Hire Engineers With Disabilities? They’re Practiced Problem Solvers

Disabled engineers make great contributors—if they can get past the interview

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Kurt Driscoll
Photo: Aaron Mayberry/Faurecia

Kurt DriscollOn the Job: Kurt Driscoll had to go through endless interviews before finally getting hired.Photo: Aaron Mayberry/Faurecia

After graduating, mechanical engineer Kurt Driscoll endured more than 100 interviews over 10 months before he was finally hired. A quadriplegic, he encountered some who told him that he couldn’t do the job, while others simply claimed to be “going in a different direction.”

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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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