Michael Peshkin

Curriculum Vitae

Research interests

  • Robotics and physical human/machine interaction
  • Surface haptic display
  • Cobots
  • Rehabilitation & assistive robotics
  • Sensors and acuators


Tech transfer

Carnegie-Mellon University, Robotics Institute
PhD, Physics, December 1986

Cornell University, Department of Physics 
Master of Science, Experimental Solid State Physics, 1982

University of Chicago
Bachelor of Arts with Honors, Physics, 1979

Professor Peshkin has been appointed 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 indepenedent projects.

Surface haptic interactions with a TPad tablet

Mullenbach, J., C. Shultz, A. Marie Piper, M. A. Peshkin, and J. E. Colgate, "Surface haptic interactions with a TPad tablet", Proceedings of the adjunct publication of the 26th annual ACM symposium on User interface software and technology - UIST '13 Adjunct, St. Andrews, Scotland, United Kingdom, ACM Press, 2013.