Michael Peshkin, recently named Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence, 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).

Peshkin received a BS in physics from the University of Chicago and a PhD in physics from Carnegie Mellon University (1987). 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.

Significant Recognition

Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence