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Azad M. Madni, PHD

Division: affiliated-faculty

University Professor

Northrop Grumman Foundation Fred O’Green Chair in Engineering

Professor of Astronautical Engineering, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Astani Department of Civil and Environment Engineering, Pediatrics, Education

Executive Director of Systems Architecting and Engineering Program

Research Interests:

The overarching theme of Prof. Madni’s research is to exploit transdisciplinary thinking, methods, and models when addressing complex sociotechnical systems problems. Examples of such problems are pandemic management, energy transition, and autonomous vehicle safety. His research focus is on adaptive cyber-physical-human systems, augmented intelligence in human-machine teaming, and Model Based Systems Engineering and Digital Twin Technologies for biomedical and industrial applications. He defined the field of transdisciplinary systems engineering and wrote a highly acclaimed book on the subject.


Azad Madni is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and Life Fellow/Fellow of nine professional science and engineering societies including AAAS, IEEE, AIAA, INCOSE, and IISE. He serves on the research councils of two DOD centers, DOD’s Digital Engineering Body of Knowledge Governance Board, IISE Body of Knowledge Steering Committee. He co-founded and currently chairs the IEEE SMC award-winning technical committee on Model Based Systems Engineering. he specializes in model-based systems engineering and digital twin development approaches for industrial, aerospace, automotive, biomedical, and medical applications (including medical devices).

List of Publications:


  • PhD, Engineering, minors: computational methods and AI, University of California, Los Angeles.
  • MS, Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles
  • BS, Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Graduate, AEA/Stanford Executive Institute.