Connor McCann

Connor McCann

PhD Student, Mechanical Engineering

Harvard University

I’m currently a mechanical engineering PhD student at Harvard University studying robotics. My engineering interests include soft robotics, design optimization, biomechatronics, and robotic grasping/manipulation, and I’ve worked in a number of research labs and companies related to these topics. This site is meant as a place for me to describe more about myself and my experiences, keep running updates on my various on-going projects, and hopefully better convey the things that truly excite me. Thus, it’s somewhat of an assortment of professional, personal, and random content, which hopefully will be of interest.

A bit about me: I was born and raised in the Boston area, which gave me a lot of great engineering opportunities while growing up due to the city’s strong robotics industry. I was fortunate to be able to intern in a few labs at nearby universities throughout high school (see my Engineering page) that really sparked my interest in research. This carried through into my undergraduate studies at Yale where I worked with Mechanical Engineering Professor Aaron Dollar to develop a novel type of robotic hand intended for dexterous, within-hand manipulation. It was truly through this project—where I was entrusted with independently directing my own research and seeing a concept through to its conclusion—that I ultimately decided to pursue a career in academic research. In my PhD studies at Harvard, I’m working with Professor Conor Walsh to develop new analysis and design optimization tools for soft robotics. Eventually, we hope to apply these new techniques to the design of soft “exosuits”—soft wearable robots that augment an individual’s strength for medical or defense applications.

I invite you to explore the pages on my site to better get an idea of what I am like as an engineer and a person. Additionally, information can be found on my current resume or CV.