Andy McEvoy Andy McEvoy
Doctoral Student
Correll Lab
Department of Computer Science
University of Colorado at Boulder
(832) 439 – 6150


Research Interests

Autonomous robotic assembly and construction.
Robotic Materials


Current Projects

Robotic Materials
We augment smart materials by embedding sensing, computation and actuation. We then use communication throughout the material to implement any desired spatio-temporal dynamics supported by the material’s properties by programming the embedded computational devices.
Stable Robotic Assembly
I am investigating the generation of stable assembly paths for robotic construction while accounting for:

  • External forces acting on the structure
  • Interactions between the robotic construction agents and the structure
  • The generation of support scaffolding



“Distributed Inverse Kinematics for Shape-Changing Robotic Materials,” M. A. McEvoy, N. Correll. 3rd Int. Conf. on System-integrated Intelligence: New Challenges for Product and Production Engineering, 2016.

“Materials that couple sensing, actuation, computation and communication,” M. A. McEvoy, N. Correll. In: Science, 347 (6228), 2015.

“Shape change through programmable stiffness,” M. A. McEvoy and N. Correll. Int. Symp. on Experimental Robotics (ISER), 2014.

“Assembly path planning for stable robotic construction,” M. A. McEvoy, E. Komendera and N. Correll. IEEE Int. Conf. on Tech. for Practical Robot Applications (TePRA), 2014.

“Cyber Physical Materials: Computational Meta-Materials,” M. A. McEvoy. NSF Early Career Professionals Workshop on Exploring New Frontiers in CPS, 2014.

“Thermoplastic variable stiffness composites with embedded, networked sensing, actuation, and control,” M. A. McEvoy and N. Correll. Journal of Composite Materials, 2014.

“Robotic materials with controllable stiffness,” M. A. McEvoy, N. Farrow and N. Correll. International Conference on Composite Materials, 2013



2016 Selected to attend the 66th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting
2015 CU Boulder CS Department Outstanding Research Award
2013 Beverley Sears Graduate Student Research Grant
2013 Materials Science and Engineering Graduate Student Seed Grant



2014 MS, Computer Science
University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO
2005 MS, Aerospace Engineering, Spacecraft Dynamics & Controls
Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
2004 BS, Aerospace Engineering
Texas A&M University, College Station, TX


Professional Experience

2011 – Present Research Assistant, Correll Lab
Boulder, CO
2006 – 2011 Structural Engineer, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division
China Lake, CA
2003 – 2005 Assistant Engineer, Spacecraft Technology Center at Texas A&M University
College Station, TX
2000 – 2002 Assistant Engineer, Oceaneering Space Systems
Houston, TX


Community Involvement

2015 – Present Pack 174, Tiger Cub Scouts Leader
2012 – 2015 Computer Science Social Committee
December 2012 Longmont VEX Robotics Competition Judge


Just for Fun

2015 – May Amazon Pick & Place Challenge
2014 – April Google Games – Boulder (3rd)
2013 – April Google Games – Boulder (1st)
2012 – May Sphero Hackathon

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