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Faculty and Staff - Michael “Mick” Peterson, Ph.D.

Professor Peterson-2

200 Crosby Lab
University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469-5711
Phone: (207) 581-2129
Fax: (207) 581-2379

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  • Ph.D. Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
    Northwestern University, 1993
  • M.S. Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
    Northwestern University, 1987
  • B.S.M.E. Mechanical Engineering
    General Motors Institute, 1985

Research Interests:

Experimental constitutive properties and characterization of materials, waves in solids and biomechanics of animals.


  • MEE 101 Introduction to Mechanical Engineering
  • MEE 443 Mechanical Laboratory III
  • MEE 487 Design III
  • MEE 488 Design IV


Current Research Area

Moderate strain rate testing and behavior of granular composite footing materials

Hoof soil interface measurement

Stability and turning mechanics of the horse at the gallop

Testing for design of footing materials

Epidemiology of racetrack injuries for Thoroughbred horses

Cetacean Biomechanics


Tidal energy

Environmental evaluation of tidal and ocean energy impacts

Economic and social costs and benefits of renewable and distributed energy

Heating and energy system monitoring and control

Waves in Porous Materials

Waves in granular material

Characterization of porous materials for biopharmaceutical and water treatment


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