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“My fascination with the field began with my first course in systems engineering, which I took as an undergraduate… Over the years, I actively pursued opportunities to innovate, commercialize and transition government- and industry-sponsored research in systems engineering”

-Azad Madni, University Professor of astronautical engineering (received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles)


Recipients of this award have demonstrated significant achievement in systems engineering and systems science or for technical leadership in a major innovative engineering project within the scope of the IEEE. Madni is being honored for pioneering contributions to model-based systems engineering, education, and industrial impact using interdisciplinary approaches.

Lisa Rosas

Lisa was born and raised in Southern California. Although she lived her entire life in some of the best weather, Lisa decided for a change of scenery for college and pursued her undergraduate degree at the University of Dubuque in Iowa. While there, she was a two-sport athlete. After experiencing beyond-freezing temperatures, she returned home with inspiration to work in higher education. She is currently pursuing a Master of Education degree with USC Rossier. In her free time you’ll find her snowboarding, playing soccer, or reading.