Chris Brown earned his Ph.D. in 1983 from the University of Vermont. As an undergraduate, Chris was Vermont’s only walk-on All-American ski racer. He raced and coached at UVM during the longest regular-season undefeated streak in NCAA history and was inducted into UVM’s athletic hall of fame. In the mid-80s Chris worked at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, where he began developing multiscale analyses of manufactured topographies by adapting fractal analyses by the compass method. There he also participated in testing ski equipment and modeling loads on the ACL during skiing. He performed research and development of products and processes at Atlas Copco’s European research center. Since the fall of 1989, he has been on the faculty at WPI, where he teaches Axiomatic Design, Manufacturing, Surface Metrology, and the Technology of Alpine Skiing. On all these topics, with some outstanding students, he has published over a hundred and fifty papers and has been granted patents on characterizing surface roughness, friction testing, and sports equipment with some outstanding students.
Meet The Team
The Split Sole™ concept and the accompanying suite of load management technologies were invented by Professor Chris Brown and his student team of engineers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. SEI is dedicated to advancing these innovative concepts toward commercialization and intends to license the technology to footwear manufacturers and brands.