Skip to main content


Elliott J. RouseDirector, Neurobionics Lab Center for Bionic Medicine Rehabilitation Institute of ChicagoAssistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Northwestern UniversityAssistant Professor, Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University


Dr. Rouse is the Director of the Neurobionics Lab in the Center for Bionic Medicine at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, as well as the Departments of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University. He is a member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, as well as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He is an Associate Editor for RESNA’s Assistive Technology journal and serves as a reviewer for many leading scientific and engineering publications.

A NUvention graduate, Dr. Rouse is dedicated to effective student mentoring and training, as well as translating his research to the public through entrepreneurship; he holds patents for the design and control of wearable robotic systems. In 2007, Dr. Rouse received the BS degree in mechanical engineering from Ohio State University. He obtained his MS and PhD degrees in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University in 2009 and 2012, respectively. Subsequently, he joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Postdoctoral Fellow, and with the Biomechatronics Group in the MIT Media Lab until September 2014.

His research has been featured at TED, on the Discovery Channel, CNN, National Public Radio, Wired Magazine UK, Business Insider, and in Odyssey Magazine.

Back to top