Donna Auguste in front of an orange sunset.
PhD, Technology, Media & Society ‘19 • Entrepreneur
ATLAS Institute

Donna Auguste worked in software and consumer electronics industries for about 20 years, volunteered for international mission work for about 10 years and recently developed innovative sensors for the Internet of Things. Her current research, DataTip, involves using smartphone sensors to engage non-technical youth and adults in STEM learning as they create content relevant to daily living.

Donna received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and computer sciences (EECS) from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master of Science from Regis University. Her advisors are Shelly L. Miller, a professor in mechanical engineering, and Joseph Polman, associate dean for research in the School of Education.

After receiving her PhD, Donna became the founder and CEO of Auguste Research Group, LLC, which is involved in research around sensors and actionable data science.

For more information about Donna, view LinkedIn and her personal website. Alumni pages are not always updated after graduation.



  • Carlos Pinedo, Jordan Dixon, Christine Chang, Donna Auguste, Mckenna Brewer, Cassidy JensenChris Hill, Devin Desilva, Amanda N. Jones, Allison P. Anderson, and James S. Voss. 2019. Development of an Augmented Reality System for Human Space Operations. In Proceedings of The 49th International Conference on Environmental Systems. (Boston, Massachusettes–July 7-11, 2019). pdf
  • Donna Auguste and Shelly Lynn Miller. 2018. Study of particulate and gas-phase pollutants emitted from household and personal care products under various heating and combustion scenarios. In 10th International Aerosol Conference.  (St. Louis, MO, Sept. 2 - 7, 2018).
  • Donna Auguste, Tanya D. Ennis, Shelly Lynn Miller and Joseph L. Polman. 2018. A Mixed-methods Study of Non-text Social Media Content as a Window into African-American Youth STEM Identities. In ASEE Annual Conference, (Salt Lake City, UT, June 24-27, 2018).