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Nelson Shea Receives Award for Contribution to Robot Safety

Roberta Nelson Shea

Roberta Nelson Shea, Global Technical Compliance Officer at Universal Robots (UR), has received the Joseph F. Engelberger Robotics Award for Applications.

The Application category recognizes individuals or organizations that have made a significant contribution to the development of robotics technology and its practical application. Nelson Shea won the award for her outstanding work related to robotics safety across the world.

"I am extremely honored to be receiving this award," she said. "I see it as an acknowledgement of not just my own work, but also of UR's and Teradyne's commitment to safety. This award is a recognition of all who have contributed to robot safety over the years. When I started in this field more than four decades ago, I felt I had a personal mission and that there was no one else who signed up for it with me. Now, especially after the emergence of collaborative robot (cobot) applications, we are all aligned on the importance of safety."

In recent years, other women have received Engelberger Awards, which is another indication of how robotics has evolved since Nelson Shea first started in the industry in 1982. "Luckily, I am not the first woman to receive this award, but with women still being outnumbered in the robotics industry, I hope my career can also be an inspiration to younger women because they have an important role to play in the future development of both robotics and technology in general," said Nelson Shea.

Kim Povlsen, UR President, said, "This award is a testament to the great contribution Roberta has made to the robotics industry. In robotics, and especially when it comes to cobots, safety is always the top priority. Roberta's dedication to safety has helped create the standards for the interaction between people and robots. This has been a vital contribution to the collaborative relationship we see today between humans and cobots across thousands of workplaces."

For more information contact:

Universal Robots USA

27175 Haggerty Road, Ste. 160

Novi, MI 48377


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