Azad M Madni

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Professor of Astronautics and of Education


  • Doctoral Degree, Other Engineering, University of California - Los Angeles
  • Master's Degree, Other Engineering, University of California - Los Angeles
  • Bachelor's Degree, Other Engineering, University of California - Los Angeles


Azad M. Madni is a Professor of Astronautical Engineering and Executive Director of USC’s Systems Architecting and Engineering Program in the Viterbi School of Engineering. He is also the Director of the Distributed Autonomy and Intelligent Systems Laboratory. He is the chair and co-founder of the IEEE SMC’s award-winning Technical Committee for Model Based Systems Engineering. He has served as General Chair of the Conference on Systems Engineering Research since 2008. He is an AAAS Fellow, AIAA Fellow, IEEE Life Fellow, IETE Life Fellow, INCOSE Fellow, and SDPS Fellow and has received prestigious awards and honors from nine different societies. His research has been sponsored by several government agencies including DARPA, DHS S&T, DoD-SERC, NASA, DTRA, OSD, MDA, ONR, AFOSR, AFRL, ARI, ARL, RDECOM, CECOM, ERDC, NAVAIR, NAVSEA, SPAWAR, MARCOR, DOE, and NIST. His research has also been sponsored by major aerospace and automotive companies including Boeing, General Motors, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman Corporation, SAIC, and Lockheed Martin Orincon.

Research Summary

• Formal Methods for Engineering Resilient Systems and System-of-Systems
• Model-Based Systems Engineering of Autonomous Systems and System-of-Systems
• Adaptive Cyber-Physical-Human Systems and Machine Learning
• Game-Based Simulations for STEM Education
• Model-Based Storytelling in Virtual Worlds to Enhance Collaborative Engineering


  • 2019 John Leland Atwood Award for excellence in aerospace engineering education
  • 2019 ASME CIE Leadership Award for advancing the use of computers in engineering
  • 2019 Honoree for Amy King Dundon-Berchtold University Club Faculty Recognition
  • 2019 Prestigious Pioneering Educator Award from Orange County Engineering Council
  • 2019 William B. Johnson International Inter-Professional Founders Award from Engineers’ Council
  • 2019 INCOSE Founders Award for increasing global awareness of INCOSE
  • 2018 INCOSE Outstanding Professional Services Award
  • 2017 James E. Ballinger Engineer of the Year Award from OCEC
  • 2017 John F. Guarrera Engineering Educator of the Year from Engineers’ Council
  • 2017 Dean’s Award for Innovation in Teaching and Education
  • 2017 IEEE SMC System Science and Engineering Award for founding and chairing most influential and active Model Based Systems Engineering Technical Committee
  • 2016 Distinguished Engineering Educator Award, Engineer’s Council
  • 2016 INCOSE RMC Special Award for Pioneering Industry-Relevant Contributions to Transdisciplinary Systems Engineering
  • 2016 Visionary Systems Engineering Leadership Award from the Boeing Company
  • 2016 Lifetime Accomplishments Award from the Boeing Company
  • 2016 Outstanding Educator Award, Orange County Engineering Council
  • 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from INCOSE for fundamental contributions to SE
  • 2013 IISE Prize for Innovation in Curriculum Development
  • 2013 INCOSE-Los Angeles Susan C. Ruth Distinguished Service Award
  • 2012 American Institute for Aerospace and Aeronautics (AIAA) Fellow
  • 2012 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow
  • 2012 Internation Concil on Systems Engineering (INCOSE)-Los Angeles Chapter Exceptional Achievement for Transformative Advances in Multi-disciplinary Approaches to Systems Engineering
  • 2011 International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Pioneer Award
  • 2011 International Council on Systems Engineering-Los Angeles (INCOSE-LA) Award for Seminal Contributions to Systems Engineering Research and Education
  • 2008 Viterbi School of Engineering Special Commendation for Performance as Technical Chair of 2008 CSER
  • 2008 Society of Design and Process Science at Eleventh World Conference on Integrated Systems, Design, and Process Science President's Award
  • 2007 Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE) Fellow
  • 2006 Society of Design and Process Science at the Ninth World Conference on Integrated Design and Process Technology C.V. Ramamoorthy Distinguished Scholar Award
  • 2005 International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Fellow
  • 2004 DARPA Information Processing Technology Office (IPTO) Sustained Excellence by a Performer at 2004 DARPATech
  • 2004 DARPA Information Processing Technology Office (IPTO) Significant Technical Achievement at 2004 DARPATech
  • 2004 Technology Council of Southern California Developer of the Year Award
  • 2003 Society for Design and Process Science (SDPS) Fellow
  • 2002 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow
  • 2000 Technology Council of Southern California Developer of the Year Award
  • 2000 ComputerWorld Magazine Distinguished CEOs of Top 100 Emerging Companies to Watch
  • 2000 Mass Mutual and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Blue Chip Enterprise Award for Entrepreneurship
  • 1999 The U.S. Small Business Administration National Tibbetts Award for California for Excellence in Technology Innovation
  • - Marquis List Listed in Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Who's Who in Industry and Finance, and Who's Who in America
  • - International and National Conferences (CSER, IEEE SMC, INCOSE, HAAMAHA) Keynote & Plenary Speaker
  • Director, Executive Director, Systems Architecting and Engineering
  • Dir-Acad Prog, Systems Architecting and Engineering
  • Astronautical Engineering
  • Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • RRB 224
  • Robert Glen Rapp Engineering Research Building
  • 854 Downey Way, Los Angeles, CA 90089
  • USC Mail Code: 1192

Contact Information
  • (213) 821-5817


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