Alice M. Agogino is co-founder and CEO of Squishy Robotics, a start-up that provides life-saving, cost-saving information in real time through its rapidly deployable sensor robots. Applications include disaster response, methane and wildfire monitoring, Industrial Internet of things (IIoT), and space exploration. Squishy Robotics was among the recipients of the inaugural “Good Robot” Industry Awards presented by the non-profit industry association, Silicon Valley Robotics (SVR). The SVR Industry Awards celebrate the robotics, automation, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) that will help the world solve global challenges. Squishy Robotics was also a finalist in the 2021 Extreme Tech challenge, which highlighted companies with innovations that address the greatest crises facing humanity and our planet.
Agogino is also the Roscoe and Elizabeth Hughes Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley where she serves as Chair of the Graduate Group in Development Engineering and Education Director of the Blum Center for Developing Economies. She directs research in the BEST (Berkeley Energy & Sustainable Technologies) Lab. Agogino has authored over 300 peer-reviewed publications, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and has served on a number of committees of the National Academies. She conducts research in robotics, sensor fusion, artificial intelligence, machine learning and product design. Agogino has won numerous teaching, research, outreach and mentoring awards, recently the Athena Award for Academic Leadership (2020), the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (2018) and ASME Design Theory and Methodology Award (2017). She has supervised 61 PhD dissertations and 196 MS theses/reports.