Hardware hacker by day, design deliriant by night; Rob Rehrig is an electrical engineer at IDEO with a passion for human-computer interaction, music, and rapid prototyping. As a member of the IDEO Chicago crew, Rob uses his powers to build functional models of wild ideas that float through the studio using both hardware and code.

Rob holds both a BEE and MS in electrical engineering from University of Delaware, as well as a MS in Music Engineering Technology from University of Miami (Florida). Rob is an avid runner, and his bicycle is his main mode of transportation year-round. In his spare time, he also enjoys creating gnarly rotoscopes and illustrations, playing video games, and exploring new projects that brew his head.

Full CV
  • University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
    MS in Music Engineering (2014)
  • University of Delaware, Newark, DE
    BEE in Electrical Engineering with a Physics Minor (2011)
    MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering (2012)
  • Senior Electrical Engineer (Sep '14 – Present)
    IDEO, Chicago, IL Rapid hardware prototyping Embedded and front-end software developer Breaker and maker extraordinaire
  • Graduate Research Assistant (Aug '12 – May '14)
    University of Miami, Music Eng Dept, Coral Gables, FL Hardware and software Prototyping Webmaster and website design
  • User Experience Intern (Summer 2013 and 2014)
    Shure Inc., User Experience Dept, Niles, IL Hardware and firmware prototyping Analysis of device user interfaces for full product line Software protyping and design for upcoming device line
  • Co-Founder and Head Mechanic (Oct '11 - Aug '12)
    Newark Bike Project, Non-Profit Bike Co-op, Newark, DE Designed organization's logo and other graphics Designed organization's original website In charge of open shop mechanic work
  • VLSI Designer (Jun '11 – Aug '12)
    Chip Design Systems (CDS), Newark, DE VLSI chip design Designed a chip to read in a pixel display 8:1 mux and 1:8 demux chip design
  • Research Assistant (Feb '09 – Aug '12)
    University of Delaware, Elec/Comp Eng Dept, Newark, DE 48 micron pitch VLSI design Created a 3-D head tracking system using Wiimotes PCB design and FPGA development
  • Engineering
    VLSI Design Analog Circuit Design Spatial Audio
    PCB Design Wireless Communication Hardware Hacking
    Prototyping Digital Synth Design Human-Comp Interaction
  • Languages
    C, C++, Obj C HTML(5), CSS(3) Spanish (int)
    Python JavaScript Japanese (beg)
  • Other
    Adobe Illustrator Adobe Photoshop Bike Mechanic
  • Ayers A., Rehrig R., Bennett C., & Leider, C. (2013, October). PsychoMasker: An iOS Application for the Visualization of PsychoAcoustic Principles. In Audio Engineering Society Convention 135. Audio Engineering Society. [PDF]
  • Rehrig R. (2012). Design and Development of a 2-Color Infrared Emitter Array System (Master's Thesis). University of Delaware, Newark, DE. [PDF]
  • Rehrig, R., Marks, J., Janansky, S., Aiello, L., Kiamilev, F., & Barner, K. (2010). Repurposing Commodity Hardware for use as Assistive Technologies. In Proceedings of RESNA 2010 Conference, International Symposium On Quality Of Life Technology. [PDF]
  • "Ox Vox: Hacking Con Badges Before the Con". BSidesPDX 2017, Portland, OR (2017). [Presentation]
  • "PsychoMasker: An iOS Application for the Visualization of PsychoAcoustic Principles." Audio Engineering Society Convention 135, New York City, NY (2013). [Abstract]
  • "Repurposing Commodity Hardware for use as Assistive Technologies". RESNA 2010 Conference, Las Vegas, NV (2010).
  • "Viewer Army Visits WiiAssist Project". Featured on G4's Viewer Army segment. [Video]
  • "Hacking the Wiimote and Wii Fit to Help the Disabled". DEFCON 17, Las Vegas, NV (2009). [Abstract] [Presentation (alt)]
  • "Off the Shelf Security - Meeting Crime with an Open Source Mind". Shmoocon 5, Washington, D.C. (2009). [Abstract] [Presentation (alt)]
Contact Me
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