Dr. Alice Agogino is President and Chief Technology Officer of Squishy Robotics. She is currently the Roscoe and Elizabeth Hughes Professor of Mechanical Engineering and is affiliated faculty at the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley. Her prior research includes related topics in machine learning, tensegrity robotics, sensor fusion and education. She has served in a number of leadership positions at UC Berkeley including Chair of the UC Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate, Associate Dean of Engineering and Director of the Instructional Technology Program. She directs research in the BEST (Berkeley Emergent Space Tensegrities) Lab and the Product Design MEng program. Agogino has authored over 300 peer-reviewed publications, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and has won numerous teaching, mentoring, best paper and research awards. She has supervised 50 PhD dissertations and 187 MS theses/reports. Email: email@example.com
Deniz Dogruer, with a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering, is a former science teacher and educational researcher who has returned to UC Berkeley for a PhD in Engineering Education. She has several years of experience in curriculum development and teaching. She has studied the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in depth and has experience developing NGSS aligned curriculum. She is especially interested in utilizing engineering design, more specifically student explanations of design decisions, to foster a deep scientific conceptual understanding. Dogruer will take the lead in the education and science museum market development. She will be employed at 30% on the SBIR grant with Squishy Robotics. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Squishy Robotics team has a proven track record in technological innovation, while promoting diversity and inclusion. A woman-owned start-up, the team collectively has a strong record of research mentoring and has created innovative educational content and portals and broadening participation initiatives. For example, through a prestigious NSF Distinguished Teaching Scholar Award. Dr. Agogino developed a sequence of courses on Designing for Diversity that won the Chancellor’s Award for Community Service at UC Berkeley in 2010. She won the 2012 AAAS Lifetime Mentoring Award with citation: for efforts to significantly increase the number of women and African- and Hispanic-American doctorates in mechanical engineering. As the company grows, we are committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce and a strong mentoring work environment.