SQUISHY ROBOTICS TEAM

The Squishy Robotics team has a proven track record in technological innovation, while promoting diversity and inclusion. A majority female-owned start-up, our team has expertise in Mechanical Design, Mechatronics, Electronics (including sensors and sensor fusion), Advanced Controls, Artificial Intelligence, Product Management and Education.

Dr. Alice Agogino

CEO
Dr. Alice Agogino is the Chief Executive Officer of Squishy Robotics. She is PI on the following grants related to Squishy Robotics:
— “Squishy Robotics - Shape-Shifting Robots for Disaster Rescue, Monitoring and Education”, SBIR Phase I and I-Corp, NSF
— “Precision Hopping/Rolling Robotic Surface Probe Based on Tensegrity Structures,” NASA
— “Trajectory Tracking in Nonlinear, High-Order, Underactuated Robotic Systems”, NASA
— “Design and Control of a Twelve-Bar Tensegrity Structure”, NASA
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: alice@squishy-robotics.com

Deniz Dogruer

COO
Deniz Dogruer has a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering and is a former science teacher and educational researcher. She has several years of experience in curriculum development and teaching. As Squishy Robotics Chief Operating Officer, Dogruer has conducted a large number of the customer interviews with emergency responders as well as with HazMat and CBRNE team specialists. As a researcher, 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.
Email: deniz@squishy-robotics.com

Brian Cera

Director of Controls Engineering
Brian Cera, with a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering, is the Director of Controls Engineering at Squishy Robotics. His focus is on the mechatronic design of tensegrity robots and in developing novel approaches for controlling these innovative robots through optimal control theory and reinforcement learning approaches. Cera has over six years of experience working on robotics research.
Email: brian@squishy-robotics.com

Doug Hutchings

Lead Mechatronics Engineer
Doug Hutchings is an engineer who has been in love with robots for far too long. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2015. His primary focus is the development of robotic platforms and scaling those designs to production. His previous experience includes: four years of robotics research in labs at UC Berkeley and Carnegie Mellon University - Silicon Valley, seven years of building robotic platforms for educational markets, a Hardware Engineering Internship at Google, and experience in the Design & Production of Brushless DC Motors.
Email: doug@squishy-robotics.com

ADVISORS

Vytas SunSpiral

Vytas SunSpiral is the Director of Advanced Technology at Zymergen, using AI and Robotics to engineer biology to sustainably produce advanced materials. He is a NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Fellow, and founder of the Dynamic Tensegrity Robotics Lab at NASA Ames Research Center. His lab developed dynamic tensegrity robots for space exploration and integrated a multi-disciplinary fusion of robotics, physiology, AI, mechatronics, and neuroscience. He is a serial research entrepreneur, founding and leading multiple startups, including Mobot Inc. which sold the world’s first autonomous tour guide robots.
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Kai Huang

Kai Huang is a San Francisco Bay Area entrepreneur and a serial angel investor. Currently, he is the co-founder of Flash Bike, maker of an electric bicycle that has a range of 30 to 50 miles on one charge. Huang, who studied computer science at UC Berkeley, is the co-creator of the Guitar Hero video game franchise (which was acquired by Activision in June 2006). Other computer gaming work includes his time at Blue Goji and RedOctane; Huang served as co-founder and CEO at both firms.

John Matranga

John Matranga has held several roles at OSIsoft, where he has worked for over a decade. Matranga currently serves as Director-Customer Innovation and Academia for OSIsoft, a manufacturer of application software for real-time data management. He has extensive experience in technology vision and his specialties include product roadmaps, real-time operational metrics, and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). He received his bachelor of science degree from Lehigh University.

Marc Meyer

Marc Meyer is an executive, technologist, and venture capitalist. Meyer received his bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science at UC Berkeley and his career includes 15 years at research labs including UC Berkeley and Xerox PARC. He has founded five companies and served as CEO, CTO, SVP of engineering, and chief architect at various firms including Tibco, Activeweave, BuzzLogic, and Persefon Ventures. Meyer also sailed across the Pacific Ocean on a 40-foot ketch.

INTERNS

School Year 2018-2019 Interns


Back Row, from left: Zining Wang, Prasad Gaikwad, Lead Mechatronics Engineer Douglas Hutchings, Mrunal Sarvaiya, Joshua Peterson.
Front Row, from left: CEO Alice Agogino, Jovin Foo, Charlotte Chapellier, Mason Friedberg, Tianyi Chen.