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Michael PeshkinEngineering Education Lead, Segal Design InstituteProfessor of Mechanical EngineeringAllen K. and Johnnie Cordell Breed Senior Professor in Design


Michael Peshkin is a faculty member in Northwestern’s Department of Mechanical Engineering.

His research is in the fields of human-robot interaction, haptics, sensors, and rehabilitation robotics. He created the core technology of what is now Mako Surgical, and has also co-founded companies in human-assist robotics (Cobotics), rehabilitation robotics (Kinea Design), and tactile display (Tangible Haptics). 

In addition to his interests in human interface and biomedical devices, he enjoys bringing his physics and electronics background to the conceptualization and prototyping of innovative sensors.


PhD, Physics, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, 1987

MS, Experimental Solid State Physics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1984

BA, Physics, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 1979

Research Interests

Robotics, surface haptics, human-machine interface, rehab robotics, sensors and actuators.

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