Faculty DirectoryMichael A. Peshkin
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Bette and Neison Harris Professor in Teaching Excellence
Contact2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-3109
Email Michael Peshkin
Ph.D. Physics, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, 1987
M.S. Experimental Solid State Physics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1984
B.A. Physics, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 1979
Robotics, cobots, surface haptics, human-machine interface, bioinspired electrosense, sensors and actuators.
Development of a Model Osseo-Magnetic Link for Intuitive Rotational Control of Upper-Limb Prostheses
IEEE Transactions On Neural Systems And Rehabilitation Engineering, 2011
Tactile Pattern Display through Variable Friction Reduction
Eurohaptics Conf. on Haptic Interfaces for Virtual Environment and Teleoperator Systems, 2007
Physical Collaboration of Human-Human and Human-Robot Teams
IEEE Transactions on Haptics, 2008
IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation, 2001
KineAssist: Design and Development of a Robotic Overground Gait and Balance Therapy Device
Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, 2008
In the Classroom
Professor Peshkin was named 2011 Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence, an all-University award.
Recently, he has been teaching and developing the innovative course Electronics Design, in which students learn to design and debug circuits using a portable "workbench in a backpack" in place of the traditional fixed labs. Earlier, he created the course Engineering Analysis 3: System Dynamics, which is taken by almost all first-year students in the school of engineering. EA3 is part of Northwestern's signature Engineering First curriculum, which engages undergraduate students in the concepts and experience of engineering from the beginning of freshman year. He also teaches a Mechatronics Projects course, and offers walk-in assistance to many students and teams doing mechatronics-related independent projects.