• Adjunct Faculty, Biomedical Engineering
  • Dean, College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, Northern Illinois University
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Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, University of Connecticut

Research Interests

  • Dr. Donald Peterson has over 25 years of experience in biomechanical engineering and medical research, focused on measuring and modeling injury biomechanics and human, organ and/or cell performance, including exposures to various physical stimuli and the subsequent biological responses.

    His research has involved the investigation of injury mechanisms and human-device interaction and has led to the generation of new technologies and systems, such as personal protection technologies, occupational exoskeleton systems, robotic assist devices for hemiplegic rehabilitation, long-duration biosensor monitoring and reporting systems, novel surgical and dental devices and instruments, smart medical devices for home patient care, and biotechnology systems.

    Some of Peterson's research has been focused on hand-arm vibration exposures from tool use, and he serves as a US delegate on the International Standards Organization Technical Committee (ISO/TC) 108/SC4 on Human Exposure to Mechanical Vibration and Shock. 

    Peterson has published over 130 peer-reviewed scholarly works.

Awards & Honors

  • Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering