A3 Achievement Awards
Joseph F. Engelberger Robotics 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 began in 1977 and 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 winners of the 2023 Joseph F. Engelberger Robotics Awards, widely regarded as the most prestigious accolades in the field of robotics, consist of two esteemed industry leaders. Roberta Nelson Shea, Global Technical Compliance Officer at Universal Robots, was honored as the recipient of the Application award for her outstanding contributions to global robotics safety throughout her illustrious career. Jeff Burnstein, President of the Association for Advancing Automation (A3), was recognized with the Leadership award, acknowledging his remarkable commitment and visionary leadership spanning four decades within the global automation trade association.
Nelson Shea and Burnstein are undeniably pillars of the robotics industry, and their selection as this year's awardees was unanimous among the esteemed awards committee and former chairs of the Robotic Industries Association (RIA, now A3).