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Women in Robotics Update: Elizabeth Croft, Helen Greiner, Heather Knight

“Fearless Girl should provide the spark to inspire more female engineers”, writes Elizabeth Croft, Dean and Faculty of Engineering at Monash University.

“Girls are natural engineers, highly capable in maths and physics. We need to show them that these tools can be used to design a better world.So far, we’ve done a poor job of communicating to girls the very powerful impact they can make through an engineering career.” Croft continues, offering us with the inspiration to introduce the second of our new collection of Women in Robotics Updates, that includes Elizabeth Croft, Helen Greiner and Heather Knight from our first “25 women in robotics you need to know about” checklist in 2013.

Elizabeth Croft
Dean and Faculty of Engineering at Monash University

Elizabeth Croft (featured 2013) is now a Dean and Faculty of Engineering division at Monash University in Australia, advancing human-robot interplay, industrial robotics, trajectory technology and variety in STEM. Previously she was the Founding Director of the Collaborative Advanced Robotics and Intelligent Systems Laboratory on the University of British Columbia (UBC). As the Marshall Bauder Professor in Engineering Economics, Business and Management Training from 2015-2017, she launched the Master of Engineering Leadership levels on the UBC.

Recognized as one of many 100 strongest girls in Canada in 2014 by Women’s Executive Network, Croft additionally acquired the RA McLachlan Peak Career Award for Professional Engineering in the Province of British Columbia, Canada in 2018. She is a fellow of the ASME, Engineers Australia, Engineers Canada, and the Canadian Academy of Engineering. She can be the recipient of different awards such because the Wendy MacDonald Award, Diversity Champion, Vancouver Board of Trade of 2016, and Just Desserts Award of University British Columbia, Alma Mater Society in 2015. She has greater than 200 analysis publications and virtually 6000 citations.

She is an advocate for ladies in Engineering and has an distinctive document of propelling girls’s illustration and participation in engineering. As the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Chair for Women in Science and Engineering (2010-2015), she labored with companions in funding companies, trade, academe, and the training system on complete methods to enhance girls’s participation and retention in the STEM disciplines in any respect ranges. During this era Croft efficiently elevated feminine enrollment in Engineering to 30%.

Helen Greiner
CEO, Cofounder and Founder of Tertill, iRobot and Cyphy Works

Helen Greiner (featured in 2013), is now a founding father of Tertill , in addition to founding iRobot and CyPhy Works (aka Aria Insights). Tertill is a solar-powered, weed-snipping robotic for residence gardens patrolling all through the day and appears considerably like an out of doors Roomba, one of many merchandise from iRobot, the world’s first commercially profitable client robotics product.

Greiner has acquired quite a few awards and accolades, together with being named an “Innovator for the Next Century” by Technology Review Magazine. She acquired the DEMO God Award on the DEMO Conference in 2014 and was named a Presidential Ambassador for Global Leadership (PAGE) by US President, Barack Obama and US Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker. She was acknowledged for management in the design, improvement, and software of sensible robots by the National Academy of Engineering, and was named “woman of the year” at Wentworth Institute of Technology in 2018. In 2018, she was additionally sworn in as a Highly Qualified Expert for the US Army. You can hear her communicate in 2021 on the finals of the $2m GoFly competitors .

As a toddler Greiner turned fascinated by the robots of StarWars, notably the three-foot-tall spunky R2D2. Says Greiner “He had moods, emotions, and dare I say, his own agenda. This was exciting to me—he was a creature, an artificial creature.” Consistently pioneering in constructing the serving to robots to carry out uninteresting, soiled and harmful jobs and launching robotics into the buyer market since 2008, she says, “If we don’t take robots to the next level, we’ll have a lot of explaining to do to our grandchildren.”

Heather Knight
Assistant Professor at Oregon State University

Heather Knight, (featured 2013) is now an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science division at Oregon State University and directs the CHARISMA* Research Lab. In CHARISMA Research Lab, she operationalizes strategies for the performing arts to make extra emotive and interesting robots, exploring minimal social robots, robotic ethics, charismatic machines, and multi-robot/multi-human social interplay.

Knight has offered a TED discuss: Silicon-Based Comedy in 2010 the place she demonstrated a robotic slapstick comedian “Data” which has gotten virtually 1 million views. She was talked about in Forbes List’s 30 underneath 30 in Science and named one in every of AdvertWeek’s high 100 creatives in 2017. In 2017, she was additionally a Robotic Artist in Residence at X, the Moonshot Factory. Her installations have been featured on the Smithsonian-Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, TED, Pop! Tech, LACMA, SIGGRAPH, and the Fortezza da Basso in Florence, Italy. She can be the Assistant Director of Robotics at Humanity+ and a fellow on the Hybrid Realities Institute and a National Science Foundation (NSF) Fellow.

She can be a founding father of Marilyn Monrobot, a robotic theater firm performing comedy, dance and even Rube Goldberg Machine installations. Here, she efficiently organizes the annual ‘Robot Film Festival’ which awards Botskers to numerous robotic movies and robotic movie stars. The movie archives make for nice viewing.

Want to maintain studying? There are 180 extra tales on our 2013 to 2020 lists. Why not nominate somebody for inclusion subsequent yr!

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Andra Keay Core Team Member & Robotics Industry Futurist

Andra Keay is the Managing Director of Silicon Valley Robotics, founding father of Women in Robotics and is a mentor, investor and advisor to startups, accelerators and suppose tanks, with a powerful curiosity in commercializing socially optimistic robotics and AI.

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