Alice Agogino

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Alice Merner Agogino (born 1952) is an American mechanical engineer known for her work in bringing women and people of color into engineering and her research into artificial intelligence, computer-aided design, intelligent learning systems, and wireless sensor networks.

Early life and education

Agogino attended the University of New Mexico for her undergraduate education, and earned her bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1975. She earned her master's degree three years later from the University of California, Berkeley. Her doctoral work concerned engineering and economic systems and was conducted at Stanford University. She earned her Ph.D there in 1984.[1][2]

Career and research

Agogino began her career while still an undergraduate with a stint as a project engineer for Dow Chemical from 1972–1973. While working on her master's degree and during the first year of her doctoral studies, she was a mechanical engineer and systems specialist at General Electric. She founded her own company in 1979, Agogino Engineering, which still exists. In 1980, Agogino spent a year as a systems analyst for SRI. From 1980–1981 she led the Santa Clara University's Women in Engineering program. Agogino was made an assistant professor in mechanical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley in 1984; she is now the university's Roscoe and Elizabeth Hughes Professor of Mechanical Engineering.[1][2][3]

From 1995–1999 she was the associate dean of Berkeley's College of Engineering, and from 1999–2001 she was the director of its Instructional Technology Program. She has been funded by the National Science Foundation to work with Synthesis, a program that encourages engineering education at the undergraduate level. She has served on professional committees for the National Science Foundation, the National Research Council, and the National Academy of Engineering.[1] Her current research is focused on sustainable technology.[2]

Honors and awards

Agogino is a fellow of several scientific societies, including the National Academy of Engineering (1997), the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the European Academy of Science, the Association of Women in Science, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. She is a member of the Society of Women Engineers and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.[1][2]

She has also received a number of awards:[1][2][4]

  • Presidential Young Investigator Award, NSF (1985)[2]
  • Young Manufacturing Engineer of the Year, Society of Manufacturing Engineers (1987)
  • Director's Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars, NSF (2004)
  • Chancellor's Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence, Berkeley (2006)
  • Professor of the Year, Pi Tau Sigma Berkeley (2011)
  • Lifetime Mentoring Award, AAAS (2012–2013)
  • Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics & Engineering Mentoring (2018)[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e American Women of Science Since 1900: Essays A-H. Vol.1. ABC-CLIO. 2011-01-01. ISBN 9781598841589. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Alice M. Agogino – Biographical Sketch". bestatberkeley. Retrieved 2015-11-22. 
  3. ^ "Alice M. Agogino | Mechanical Engineering". Retrieved 2015-11-22. 
  4. ^ "Alice M. Agogino Wins 2012 AAAS Lifetime Mentor Award". AAAS – The World's Largest General Scientific Society. Retrieved 2015-11-22. 
  5. ^ "Alice Agogino wins top U.S. award for mentoring". Retrieved 2018-08-07. 

External links

  • Agogino's curriculum vitae
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