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Peter J. Hesketh

Professor, Micro and Nano Engineering, George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

Peter Hesketh

Professor Peter Hesketh came to Georgia Tech in spring 2000 as a Professor in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering. Prior, he was Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Professor Hesketh's research interests involve Sensors and Micro/Nano-electro-mechanical Systems (MEMS/NEMS). Many sensors are built by micro/nanofabrication techniques and this provides a host of advantages including lower power consumption, small size and light weight. The issue of manipulation of the sample in addition to introduce it to the chemical sensor array is often achieved with microfluidics technology. Combining photolithographic processes to define three-dimensional structures can accomplish the necessary fluid handling, mixing, and separation through chromatography.

Professor Hesketh is also interested in nanosensors, impedance based sensors, miniature magnetic actuators and the use of stereolithography for sensor packaging. He has published over sixty papers and edited fifteen books on microsensor systems.

Research Areas of Interest:

  • Micro and nano engineering and manufacturing
  • Microfabrication
  • Micromachining
  • Sensors
  • Actuators
  • Biosensors
  • Microfluids


Awards and Distinctions: 
  • 2012-2014, Sigma Xi, Vice President of Georgia Tech Chapter
  • 2011-2013, Chair of Honors and Awards Committee, Electrochemical Society
  • 2009, American Society of Mechanical Engineers Fellow, 2009
  • 2009, Fellow, Electrochemical Society (ECS)
  • 1998-2000, Chairman Sensor Division, Electrochemical Society (ECS)
  • 2005-2007, Guest Professor of Huazhong University of Science and Technology
  • 2003-2005, Artech House, Inc. MEMS Series Editor
  • 2004, American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow
  • 1994-1998, Whitaker Foundation Biomedical Engineering Research Grant Award
  • 2010, Tech to Teaching Mentor Award, Georgia Tech Center for Enhanced Teaching and Learning
  • 2008 and 2010, Thank a Teacher Certificate, Georgia Tech Center for Enhanced Teaching and Learning
  • 2002, Class of 1969 Teaching Fellow, Georgia Tech Center for Enhanced Teaching and Learning
  • Faculty Advisor, Microelectromechanical Systems Lab
  • Faculty, George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering
  • Faculty, Parker H. Petit Institute of Bioengineering and Biosciences
  • Affiliate Faculty, Center for MEMS and Microsystems Technology (CMMT)

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University of Pennsylvania, 1987
University of Pennsylvania, 1983
University of Leeds, United Kingdom, 1979