Congratulations to Professor Azad M. Madni on being honored with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine‘s 2023 Bernard M. Gordon Prize, described as the “Nobel Prize of Engineering Education,” for innovation in Engineering and Technology Education. A celebration ceremony took place 2 May at USC to honor Dr. Madni on this incredible achievement.
Dr. Madni is also the recipient of the 2023 IEEE Simon Ramo Medal, which he received for pioneering contributions to model-based systems engineering, education, and industrial impact using interdisciplinary approaches.
According to Dr. John L. Anderson, president of the NAE, “Azad’s pioneering work in the field of transdisciplinary systems engineering exemplifies the purpose of the Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education, which recognizes individuals for innovations such as curricular design, teaching methods, and technology-enabled learning that strengthen students’ capabilities and desire to grow into leadership role.”
A dedicated educator, Dr. Madni chose to donate his half of the Gordon Prize earnings to the NAE, with the other half going to the University of Southern California – where he has the highest academic designation of University Professor – to help further the pursuit of advances in transdisciplinary Systems Engineering. Because of this generosity, he was also presented with the Marie Curie Medal and the Einstein statuette by NAE.