Azad M. Madni is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and Professor of Astronautical Engineering. He is the holder of the Northrop Grumman Foundation Fred O'Green Chair in Engineering. he has a joint appointment in Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is the 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 Society's Systems Science and Engineering 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 a Life Fellow/Fellow of AAAS, AIAA, IEEE, INCOSE, IETE, SDPS, and Washington Academy of Science. He has received prestigious awards and honors from nine different societies. His research has been sponsored by several government agencies including DARPA, NSF, 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.