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Maccurdy, Robert Bruce Assistant Professor

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  • My overarching research theme is automation in embodied (robots) or embedded (sensors) systems. My research vision, summarized as Robots Creating Robots, is to transform the way that robots are designed and fabricated. Building robots via conventional practice requires painstaking design and assembly steps that rely heavily on human intuition and individual expertise. I develop algorithms and fabrication techniques that automate the design and production of customized robots in order to accelerate this process, with the goal of automatically designing robots that 'walk out of the printer'. Understanding biological systems requires observations, yet monitoring free-ranging organisms, including humans, presents technical hurdles that limit the quantity and quality of scientific data, impacting applications ranging from wetland management to eldercare. I design and deploy small, robust, long-lived biosensing instruments that overcome these challenges.

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  • additive manufacturing, 3D printing, design automation, wildlife monitoring

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Teaching

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  • MCEN 3030 - Computational Methods
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Studies fundamental numerical techniques for the solution of commonly encountered engineering problems. Includes methods for linear and nonlinear algebraic equations, data analysis, numerical differentiation and integration, ordinary and partial differential equations.
  • MCEN 4085 - Mechanical Engineering Design Project 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Second part of a two-course capstone design experience in mechanical engineering. Includes refinement of prototype, design optimization, fabrication, testing, and evaluation. Students orally present the final design and prepare a written report and operation manual for the product. GEEN-BS and GEEN-BSEPL students are not required to complete MCEN 4026.
  • MCEN 5228 - Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    Subject matter to be selected from topics of current interest. May be repeated up to 15 credit hours. Same as MCEN 4228.

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