Joseph F. Engelberger

Robotics Awards

The Joseph F. Engelberger Award

The World's Most Prestigious Robotics Honor

Named after Joseph F. Engelberger, known throughout the world as the founding force behind industrial robotics, the Engelberger Robotics Award is the world's most prestigious robotics honor. The awards are presented to individuals for excellence in technology development, application, education, and leadership in the robotics industry. The Leadership Award is given each year, while the other categories are rotated by year.

The 2020 Joseph F. Engelberger Robotics Awards will be presented during Automatica on December 8-11, 2020 in Munich, Germany.

Nomination for the 2021 Engelberger Robotics Awards are now being accepted. The awards will be presented in the categories of Leadership and Technology. Please click here to nominate a deserving individual in the field of robotics. Nominations are due by February 5, 2021. The 2021 awards will be presented during Automate, May 17-20, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan, USA.

Meet the 2019 Award Winners
Awards Fact Sheet
A Tribute To Joseph F. Engelberger
Joseph F. Engelberger Foundation Grants


Catherine Morris

Catherine Morris

2019 Engelberger Robotics Award for Leadership

Catherine Morris has been a passionate and visionary leader in the robotic accessory sector—and the robotics industry overall—for more than two decades. As the RIA chairperson in 2012-2013—the first woman chair in the association’s 45-year history—Morris was instrumental in increasing membership as well being a vigilant advocate for all who participate in the automation industry. She also chaired the Automate Show committee, helping to make it the premier automation event in North America that it has become today. She remains an active board member of RIA, and also serves as a board member of RIA’s parent group the Association for Advancing Automation (A3). She has served in her role at ATI Industrial Automation since 1995, where she has positively affected the success of end users, robot manufacturers and system integrators through her high degree of process and mechatronic knowledge.

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Dr. Howie Choset

Dr. Howie Choset

2019 Engelberger Robotics Award for Education

Dr. Howie Choset is the Kavcic-Moura Professor of Computer Science in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, as well as the co-director of the Biorobotics Lab and the director of the university’s undergraduate robotics degree program. His research has contributed to solving significant problems in diverse areas such as surgery, manufacturing, infrastructure inspection and search and rescue. Dr. Choset has co-founded several companies, including Medrobotics for surgical systems, Hebi Robotics for modular robots, and Bito Robotics for autonomous guided vehicles. Since 2015, Choset’s FDA-approved surgical snake robot has been in use in the U.S. and Europe. In 2017, Choset co-founded the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute aimed at advancing both technology development and education for robotics in manufacturing. He is also a founding editor of the journal Science Robotics.

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Selection Criteria & Process

Application Award


Leadership Award


Technology Award


Education Award



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