In Memory of Wil Agatstein

Aug 13, 2014

Sierra Energy is sad to announce the loss of our valued colleague, Wil Agatstein. Wil, a member of Sierra Energy’s advisory board and executive director of the Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, passed away unexpectedly yesterday.

Wil dedicated his life to entrepreneurship and the power of technology to make a positive impact on the world. He was instrumental in bringing the classmate PC to economically disadvantaged nations worldwide and was keenly interested in seeing Sierra Energy’s FastOx technology implemented in under-developed countries.

In his work with UC Davis, Wil led the design, development, recruiting and delivery of a variety of workshops, Entrepreneurship Academies and forums to help students and faculty develop the knowledge, skills, network and confidence to commercialize their ideas.

Wil was vice president at Intel and the head of Intel’s Emerging Markets Group. During his 27 years at Intel he established a track record of innovation of production products, including the development of the Intel Channel Program where over 170,000 entrepreneurs in 120 countries are delivered product and training to help deliver computing to everyone, and the start-up of Intel’s chip design center in Malaysia. He also was the creator and father of the Intel Powered classmate PC—a small, rugged inexpensive and personalized laptop for children in the developing world.

Wil brought sage advice and a cheerful, positive attitude to Sierra Energy. He was a global entrepreneur, mentor, teacher, leader and world-class member of our community. He will be missed dearly.