Azad Madni Appointed as Northrop Grumman Foundation Fred O’Green Chair in Engineering

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Azad Madni was appointed as Northrop Grumman Foundation Fred O’Green Chair in Engineering. He was also the recent recipient of the inaugural 2021 ASEE SED/INCOSE Outstanding Systems Engineering Educator Award, presented by the American Society for Engineering Education, and International Council on Systems Engineering.

Madni is a Professor of Astronautical Engineering and the Executive Director of the Systems Architecting and Engineering (SAE) Program, with courtesy appointments in the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Keck School of Medicine of USC, and the USC Rossier School of Education. He is the founding director of the Distributed Autonomy and Intelligent Systems Laboratory and a faculty affiliate of the Ginsburg Institute of Biomedical Therapeutics. The founder of Intelligent Systems Technology, Inc., which specializes in knowledge-based modeling and simulation technology, Madni received his Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. in Engineering from UCLA.  He was recently elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).

His research focuses on Model Based Systems Engineering methods for engineering safe and resilient autonomous and human-in-the-loop systems in aerospace, automotive and biomedical domains, and model-based interactive storytelling approaches in systems engineering.  It has been supported by both federal (DARPA, NSF, NASA, DOE, DTRA, AFOSR, AFRL, ONR, and ARL) and corporate (GM, Boeing, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman and SAIC) sources. A fellow of several professional societies, including: IEEE, AAAS, AIAA and INCOSE, Azad is the co-founder and chair of IEEE SMC Technical Committee in Model Based Systems Engineering.

Madni has received a number of awards in recognition of his research, teaching and leadership, culminating to his election to the National Academy of Engineering in 2021.  Among other recent awards, he received the 2021 IEEE AESS Judith A. Resnik Space Award, the 2020 IEEE SMC Norbert Wiener Outstanding Research Award, the 2020 NDIA Lt. General Ferguson Award for Excellence in Systems Engineering, the 2020 IEEE-USA Entrepreneur Achievement Award, the 2019 IEEE AESS Pioneer Award, the 2019 AIAA/ASEE John Leland Atwood Award for excellence in aerospace engineering education and research, the 2019 Society of Modeling and Simulation International President’s Award, and the 2019 INCOSE Founders Award.  He is a recipient of the INCOSE Pioneer Award for advancing the field of systems science and engineering. In 2016, he was honored by Boeing with a Lifetime Achievement Award and a Visionary Systems Engineering Leadership Award for his research and educational contributions.

Published on July 7th, 2021

Last updated on July 7th, 2021

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