Excerpt: Alice M. Agogino has been honored by AAAS for her efforts to significantly increase the number of women and African- and Hispanic-American doctorates in mechanical engineering.
Agogino—who serves as the Roscoe and Elizabeth Hughes Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley—will receive the 2012 AAAS Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement during a 15 February ceremony at the 2013 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.
Over the course of her career, Agogino has mentored more than 50 graduate students and an estimated 800 undergraduate researchers, many of them underrepresented minorities, as well as launching and supporting numerous collective efforts designed to attract and retain diverse scholars to science and engineering fields.
The NewsCenter caught up with Agogino recently at her office in Sutardja Dai Hall, to talk about personal influences, her thoughts on mentoring and her vision for the future of engineering.
Photo caption: Alice Agogino with a cool and “on-the-go” computer-engineer Barbie she helped design. (NewsCenter photo)