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INCOSE Fellow Azad M. Madni Receives Prestigious Awards from Orange County Engineering Council

by Christine Kowalski | May 13, 2019

INCOSE Media Contact: Lisa Hoverman, 

International Council on Systems Engineering Fellow Azad M. Madni Receives Prestigious Awards from Orange County Engineering Council

San Fernando Valley Engineers’ Council 
Madni Recognized for Engineering Education, Engineering Leadership

SAN DIEGO (May XX, 2019) –International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Fellow Azad M. Madni has received the prestigious Pioneering Educator Award from the Orange County Engineering Council and the William B. Johnson International Inter-professional Founders Memorial Award from the San Fernando Valley Engineers’ Council. Madni was recognized for being a “unique engineering educator, with a non-conventional way of challenging students” and for exemplifying the leadership, fortitude and compassion of William B. Johnson, one of the founders of the San Fernando Valley Engineers’ Council.

“Azad’s contributions to the advancement in education of astronautical engineering and his exemplary qualities as an engineer make him deserving of these distinguished awards,” said INCOSE President Garry Roedler. “It’s an honor to have Madni as an INCOSE Fellow and we thank him for bettering the engineering community.”

Madni is a professor of astronautical engineering and the technical director of the Systems Architecting and Engineering Program at University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering. He is the founder and CEO of Intelligent Systems Technology, Inc., a high-tech company specializing in game-based educational simulations, and methods, processes and tools for complex systems engineering. He pioneered the meta-discipline of transdisciplinary systems engineering to exploit the convergence of systems engineering with other disciplines and is the creator of model-driven storytelling, a transdisciplinary approach that integrates model-based engineering with interactive storytelling in virtual worlds to enhance stakeholder participation in upfront engineering.

Madni also gives frequent career counseling lectures to student members of Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). His key tenet is “everyone is an expert at something; need to capitalize on that.” Madni inspires students to make significant and innovative contributions to the engineering field by challenging students to think critically and providing them with the tools and requisite skills to succeed.

Among Madni’s numerous career achievements, he founded IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society’s (SMCS) Technical Committee, an award-winning committee for model-based systems engineering. He authored “Transdisciplinary Systems Engineering: Exploiting Convergence in a Hyper-Connected World” and co-authored “Tradeoff Decisions in System Design.” To learn more about Madni, visit:

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