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LiveWorx 2017

Robert MacCurdy

Postdoctoral Researcher, MIT

Presenter Bio

Dr. Robert MacCurdy is a Postdoctoral Associate with Daniela Rus at MIT and am developing new methods to automatically design and manufacture robots. As part of this work, I developed an additive manufacturing process, Printable Hydraulics, that incorporates liquids as active elements into 3D-printed parts as they are built, allowing hydraulically-actuated robots to be automatically fabricated. I did my PhD work with Hod Lipson at Cornell University where I developed materials and methods to automatically design and build electromechanical systems using additive manufacturing and digital materials. Funded by an NSF graduate research fellowship and a Liebmann Fund fellowship, this work demonstrated systems capable of automatically assembling functional electromechanical devices, with the goal of printing robots that literally walk out of the printer. I am also committed to developing research tools that automate the study and conservation of wildlife, work that I started while working as a research engineer at Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology. I have a B.A. in Physics from Ithaca College, a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell, and an M.S. and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell.

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