Agogino Wins Athena Award

Logo for Athena Award

Squishy Robotics CEO Alice Agogino was recently named one of the four winners of the 2020 WITI@UC Athena Awards. The Women in Tech Initiative (WITI) at UC Berkeley is a joint program of CITRIS and the Banatao Institute and the UC Berkeley College of Engineering; the Athena Awards recognize individuals that “embody, encourage, and promote the inclusion of women in technology.”

In addition to being CEO of Squishy Robotics, Agogino, who is the first woman to receive tenure in her field at UC Berkeley, is the Rosco and Elizabeth Hughes Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Her Athena Award, in the Academic Leadership category, honors her groundbreaking and tireless work to support gender equity and reduce barriers for women in science and engineering.

“It is a wonderful honor to be included among this year’s winners,” Agogino said. “I want to thank the staff at CITRIS and the Banatao Institute as well as my colleagues in the Engineering Department.” She stated that “working with and mentoring young women engineers is one of the great pleasures of my academic life, and I am so grateful that my job provides such opportunities.”

Photo of Alice Agogino

The Athena Award is just the latest of Agogino’s many accolades, which include the UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence (2006), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Lifetime Mentor Award (2012), the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (2018), and being named one of Robohub’s top 30 women to know about in robotics (2019).

Squishy Robotics CEO Alice Agogino continues to collect honors and accolades. Analytics Insight recently named Dr. Agogino as one of the Top 10 Women in the Robotics Industry. Analytics Insight is an online media, branding, and technology platform that focuses on data-driven technologies, including artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data, the Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, and cloud computing.