Michael L. Rivera

Starting January 2023, I will work as an Assistant Professor at the ATLAS Institute and the Department of Computer Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. I am currently working as a Computing Innovation Fellow and Post-Doctoral Researcher with Laura Devendorf.

At CU Boulder, I lead the Utility Research Lab—a highly interdisciplinary group that invents and investigates digital fabrication technology, tools, and techniques. Our goal is to advance science and engineering while positively impacting people, society, and the environment.

My work has been recognized with a CRA/CCC Computing Innovation Fellowship, a Google - CMD-IT Dissertation Fellowship, a Carnegie Mellon University Sansom Endowed Presidential Fellowship, an Adobe Research Fellowship Honorable Mention, and a Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship.

📢 I am recruiting PhD students to join the Utility Research Lab!
More information about applying can be found here.

I completed my Ph.D. and M.S. in Human-Computer Interaction at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute of Carnegie Mellon University, where I was advised by Scott Hudson as part of the DevLab. During my Ph.D. program, I interned at HP Labs in the Immersive Experiences Lab. Before Carnegie Mellon, I completed a M.S.E in Computer Graphics and Game Technology and a B.S.E in Digital Media Design at the University of Pennsylvania. I was also previously software engineer at Facebook.

Check out my research projects to learn more about my work.


My published and award-winning work exploring novel digital fabrication techniques, sensing systems, and adaptive/assistive technologies.