Dr. Rogers-Bradley

Dr. Emily Rogers-Bradley

Pronouns: she/her


Assistant Professor

Schulich School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Assistant Professor

Schulich School of Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Full Member

McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health

Child Health & Wellness Researcher

Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute

Contact information


Office: MEB212
Lab: MEB223

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Educational Background

PhD Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2023

SM Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2019

SB Biomedical Engineering, Harvard University, 2015


Dr. Emily Rogers-Bradley joined the University of Calgary as an Assistant Professor in 2023. Dr. Rogers-Bradley is the director of the Adaptive Bionics Lab, researching the design of quasi-passive prostheses and exoskeletons that adapt to speed, terrain, and ground surface for walking and running optimization. Her research merges precision machine design, biomechanics, and robotics for the development of new types of prostheses and exoskeletons.

Prior to coming to Calgary she obtained her PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in February 2023. She received an SM in Mechanical Engineering from MIT in 2019 and an SB in Biomedical Engineering from Harvard University in 2015. She has also spent several years in industry as a Mechatronics Engineer at Ekso Bionics, where she designed robotic exoskeletons for stroke and spinal cord injury rehabilitation. Dr. Rogers-Bradley serves as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering and for the 10th IEEE RAS/EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics.



Areas of Research

Prosthesis Design and Development

We design and develop robotic prosthetic devices to restore and augment function for people with lower limb amputations.

Orthosis and Exoskeleton Development

We develop wearable exoskeletons/orthoses to correct gait abnormalities and enhance performance.


We study the biomechanics of human gait to better understand important functionalities of wearable robotic devices as well as assessing impact of developed devices.


Course number Course title Semester
BMEN 600 Biomedical Engineering Foundations F23, F24
ENME 493 Machine Component Design W24, F24


  • Graduate Research Fellow, National Science Foundation. 2017
  • Runner-up, MIT Mechanical Engineering Research Exhibition. 2019
  • Dean's Award for Outstanding Engineering Thesis Projects, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. 2015
  • 3rd Place International Student Design Showcase, Design of Medical Devices Conference. 2015