University of California, Riverside

Department of Mechanical Engineering



Alice M. Agogino
Roscoe and Elizabeth Hughes Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Vice Chair, Berkeley Division of the UC Academic Senate
University of California at Berkeley

The Engineer of 2020: Global Visions of Engineering in the New Century


How will engineering practice change in the next twenty years? What are the implications to engineering education? What role will mechanical engineers play in the New Century? These questions are discussed in the context of a recent report of the US. National Academy of Engineering The Engineer of 2020: Global Visions of Engineering in the New Century. As one of the authors of this report, Agogino will discuss the future of engineering, including the aspirations of key stakeholders to the engineering profession. The report presents compelling visions of the future for educators, employers, and students. The report describes future possibilities for the context in which engineers will practice and the technical and social challenges they might face. Future goals for the engineering profession are discussed, including the need to embrace diversity and globalization in the engineering workforce and in the professional activities of engineers, increasing the roles of engineers in public policy, and creating a more adaptive system of engineering education. Agogino will discuss the implications of cutting edge technologies that promise to transform mechanical engineering and new product design in the new century.


Alice M. Agogino is the Roscoe and Elizabeth Hughes Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Vice Chair of UC Berkeley's Academic Senate. She has served in a number of administrative positions at UC Berkeley, including Associate Dean of Engineering and Faculty Assistant to the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost in Educational Development and Technology. She also served as Director for Synthesis, an NSF-sponsored coalition of eight universities with the goal of reforming undergraduate engineering education, and continues as PI for the NEEDS ( and SMETE.ORG digital libraries of courseware in science, mathematics, engineering and technology. Agogino leads a number of research projects in the areas of computational design, learning sciences, wireless micro-sensors, green design and diagnostics and monitoring. She is also member of the Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center (BSAC) and is PI for the MEMS/NEMS Design Automation and Synthesis Project. Agogino received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Mexico (1975), M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering (1978) from the University of California at Berkeley and Ph.D. from the Department of Engineering-Economic Systems at Stanford University (1984). A 2004 recipient of the NSF Director's Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars, she has authored over 150 scholarly publications; has won numerous teaching, best paper and research awards; and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. She has supervised 61 MS projects/theses, 23 doctoral dissertations and numerous undergraduate researchers.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Bourns Hall A265
10:10 a.m. 11:00 a.m.
(Refreshments will be served at 10:00 a.m.)


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