Michael L. Rivera

I am a Ph.D. candidate at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute in the School of Computer Science of Carnegie Mellon University. I am advised by Scott Hudson at the DevLab.

My research sits at the intersection of human-computer interaction (HCI), digital fabrication, and materials science. I develop new capabilities for digital fabrication technology (like 3D printing), and explore how they can better serve the people who use them. My dissertation work integrates soft materials into 3D printing processes to broaden the design space for creating personalized and interactive objects.

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

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 a software engineer at Facebook and LinkedIn.

I am currently on the academic job market. If you have openings, please get in touch.
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My published and award-winning work exploring novel fabrication techniques, computational fabrication, and sensing systems.