Troy grew up in Centerville, Utah. He earned a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Spanish minor from the University of Utah. As a senior, Troy worked with a team that designed a force feedback glove that was actuated with a shape memory alloy. Troy earned his M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering in the Telerobotic Lab, co-advised by William Provancher. He studied how humans interact with force-input haptic devices known as admittance-type devices.
T. K. Arbuckle, M. Nambi, J. E. Butner, W. R. Provancher, and J. J. Abbott, "Human Velocity Control of Admittance-type Robotic Devices with Scaled Visual Feedback of Device Motion," IEEE Trans. Human-Machine Systems, 46(6):859-868, 2016.
T. K. Arbuckle, 2012, "Velocity-Control Performance with a Fingertip Controlled Admittance-Type Haptic Device," Master's Thesis, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.