• Solidworks
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • PDM
  • CAMWorks
  • Topology Optimization


  • Matlab
  • Python
  • C
  • Arduino
  • R


  • 3D Printing
  • Laser Cutting
  • Milling
  • CNC Milling
  • Lathing

Honors & Awards

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.


Donald Warren McCrosky Memorial Award
The Donald Warren McCrosky Memorial Prize is awarded annually to the senior in Engineering and Applied Science at Yale who, in the judgment of the faculty, is deserving of greatest distinction for scholarly achievement in fields related to mechanics and its applications.


Belle and Carl Morse Junior Scholarship
The Belle and Carl Morse Scholarship is awarded annually to a student at Yale in Applied Physics, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering who has completed his or her junior year and, by outstanding scholarship and participation in extracurricular activities within the department, has demonstrated leadership among fellow students.

An article was published on the Yale SEAS website about my receipt of this award.


ASME Student Mechanism and Robot Design Competition (2nd place)
The ASME Student Mechanism and Robot Design Competition seeks to showcase students’ abilities to design and build novel mechanisms and robots at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

I was awarded second place in the undergraduate competition for my work on the development of a novel Stewart-Gough platform-inspired dexterous robotic hand under the direction of Prof. Aaron Dollar at Yale.


Student Design Showcase (3rd place)
The Student Design Showcase at the Design of Medical Devices (DMD) conference seeks to promote and publicize excellence in medical device design by teams of undergraduate and graduate students conducted as part of their course work.

My team from Yale’s Medical Device Design and Innovation course (MENG 404) and myself were awarded third place in the competition for our work developing a novel surgical guide for sternotomy procedures intended to improve clinical outcomes in this high-risk surgical procedure.


Journal Papers

  • C. M. McCann, V. V. Patel, A. M. Dollar, “The Stewart Hand: A Highly Dexterous, Six-Degrees-of-Freedom Manipulator Based on the Stewart–Gough Platform” IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine (RAM), 2021. [pdf]
  • C. T. O’Neill, C. M. McCann, C. J. Hohimer, K. Bertoldi, and C. J. Walsh. “Unfolding Textile-Based Pneumatic Actuators for Wearable Applications.” Soft Robotics (SoRo) 2021. [pdf]
  • Z. Xu, C. McCann, and A. M. Dollar. “Reconfigurable Modular Chain: a Reversible Material for Folding 3D Lattice Structures.” ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics (JMR), 2017. [pdf]

Conference Papers

  • C. M. McCann and A. M. Dollar. “Analysis and Dimensional Synthesis of a Robotic Hand Based on the Stewart-Gough Platform” ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (IDETC/CIE), 2018. [pdf]
  • C. M. McCann and A. M. Dollar. “Design of a Stewart Platform-Inspired Dexterous Hand for 6-DOF Within-Hand Manipulation” IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2017. [pdf]
  • Z. Xu, C. McCann, and A. M. Dollar. “Design of a Reconfigurable Modular Chain for Folding 3D Lattice Structures.” ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (IDETC/CIE), 2016. [pdf]

Conference Abstracts

  • A. West, H. Mandl, C. McCann, N. Gunawardena, A. Morris, A. Siefert, J. Zinter. “A Novel Sternotomy Saw Guide Incorporating Integrated Rigid Fixation.” Design of Medical Devices Conference, 2017.
  • K. Palmer, D. Alelyunas, C. McCann, K. Yoshimitsu, T. Kato, S. Song, N. Hata. “Development and evaluation of optical needle depth sensor for percutaneous diagnosis and therapies.” SPIE Medical Imaging 2014: Image-Guided Procedures, Robotic Interventions, and Modeling, 2014. [pdf]