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Michael A. Peshkin

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Breed Senior Professor of Design


2145 Sheridan Road
Tech B288
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

847-491-4630Email Michael Peshkin


Neuroscience and Robotics Lab (NxR)

Peshkin home page


Mechanical Engineering


Master of Science in Robotics Program


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

Research Interests

Robotics, cobots, surface haptics, human-machine interface, bioinspired electrosense, sensors and actuators.

Significant Recognition

  • ASEE Ralph Coats Roe National Educator Award (2017)
  • Fellow, National Academy of Inventors (2014)
  • Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence, 2011-2014

Selected Publications

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.