Michael Rivera is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and the ATLAS Institute. He researches digital fabrication, inventing and investigating hardware and software systems that empower people to create things. He has published award-winning articles on digital fabrication processes and interactive systems at Human-Computer Interaction venues including ACM CHI, UIST, DIS, and IMWUT. His work has been honored with a CRA/CCC Computing Innovation Fellowship, a Google - CMD-IT LEAP Alliance Fellowship, an Adobe Research Fellowship Honorable Mention, and a Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship.
Prior to his current role, Rivera was a 2021 CRA/CCC Computing Innovation Fellow and Post-Doctoral Researcher at the ATLAS Institute. He earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in Human-Computer Interaction at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute of Carnegie Mellon University. Before Carnegie Mellon, he 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.