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Karen Rodriguez Hernandez

Trainee patent attorney
My professional journey stems from a background in biomedical and biomechanical engineering. Prior to my role as a trainee patent attorney at NLO, I worked as a researcher, engineer, and advanced user of medical technology. This diverse experience has contributed to my ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders and approach inventions from an integral perspective.


  • Electrical Engineering
  • Physics
  • Optics
  • Telecommunications
  • Mechanical Engineering

My exposure to multidisciplinary environments began at an early age. From training clinical staff on live support medical equipment in Mexico to contributing to biomechanics and motor control research in Canada, the UK, and the Netherlands, I gained invaluable insights into different phases of the development of medical technology.

Currently, at NLO, I am a member of the physics and mechanical engineering sector, specializing in physics, mechanical engineering, and medical devices. 

As a researcher and developer of medical technology I understand the difficult process to bring new technology to the market

Training & Education

  • PhD in Biomechanical Engineering, Delft University of Technology (Expected 2024)
  • MSc in Biomedical Engineering, Delft University of Technology (2016)
  • BSc in Biomedical Engineering, Universidad Iberoamericana (2013)
  • Technical studies in Digital Systems, Instituto Politecnico Nacional (2008)



  • K.E. Rodriguez, J.H. de Groot; F. Baas; M. Stijntjes, F.C.T. van der Helm, H. van der Kooij, W. Mugge, "Ankle-Foot-Orthosis “Hermes” Compensates Pathological Ankle Stiffness of Chronic Stroke—A Proof of Concept," in IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, vol. 31, pp. 3535-3544, 2023.
  • B.W. Ossenkoppele, V. Daeichin, K.E. Rodriguez H, N. de Jong, M.D. Verweij, A.C. Schouten, W. Mugge, "System identification of ankle joint dynamics based on plane-wave ultrasound muscle imaging," 41st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2019
  • K.E. Rodriguez, J.H. de Groot; F. Baas; M. Stijntjes, F.C.T. van der Helm, H. van der Kooij, W. Mugge, "Passive Ankle Joint Stiffness Compensation by a Novel Ankle-Foot-Orthosis," 7th IEEE International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (Biorob), 2018
  • H. Rouhani, K.E. Rodriguez, A.J. Bergquist, K. Masani, and M.R. Popovic, “Minimizing muscle fatigue through optimization of electrical stimulation parameters”, J. Biomed. Eng. Informatics, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 33–43, 2017

Articles & blog posts written by Karen Rodriguez