Andrew earned a B.S. in Physics and a B.S./M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to coming to the University of Utah he spent four years in the defense industry working on ordnance and control systems for solid rocket motors. At the University of Utah he was a recipient of an NSF IGERT Traineeship, and conducted graduate research in the Telerobotics Lab, where his research involved magnetic manipulation using controllable dipole sources.
Andrew successfully defended his Ph.D. in Spring 2014. In Summer 2014 he joined Brad Nelson's group at ETH Zurich as a postdoctoral researcher. In 2016, he joined the faculty of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines.
Email: ajpetruska 'at' gmail 'dot' com
J. Greer, A. J. Petruska, A. W. Mahoney, M. Nambi, E. Bamberg, and J. J. Abbott, "Experimental Investigation of Wire Electrical Discharge Machining of NdFeB Permanent Magnets with an RC-type Machine," J. Materials Engineering and Performance, 23(4):1392-1401, 2014.
A. J. Petruska and J. J. Abbott, "Optimal Permanent-Magnet Geometries for Dipole Field Approximation," IEEE Trans. Magnetics, 49(2):811-819, 2013.
A. J. Petruska, J. B. Brink, and J. J. Abbott, "First Demonstration of a Modular and Reconfigurable Magnetic-Manipulation System," IEEE Int. Conf. Robotics and Automation, pp. 149-155, 2015. Finalist for Best Paper Award in Robotic Manipulation.
J. B. Brink, A. J. Petruska, D. E. Johnson, and J. J. Abbott, "Factors Affecting the Design of Untethered Magnetic Haptic Interfaces," IEEE Haptics Symp., pp. 107-114, 2014. Best Paper Award.
A. J. Petruska and J. J. Abbott, "An Omnidirectional Electromagnet for Remote Manipulation," IEEE Int. Conf. Robotics and Automation, pp. 814-819, 2013.
A. J. Petruska and S. G. Meek, "Non-drifting limb angle measurement relative to the gravitational vector during dynamic motions using accelerometers and rate gyros," IEEE/RSJ Int. Conf. Intelligent Robots and Systems, 2011.