Christopher Brown

PhD Mechanical Engineering, University of Vermont 1983
MS Mechanical Engineering, University of Vermont 1979
BA Political Science, University of Vermont 1975
Expert Bio

Professor Brown teaches grad courses on axiomatic design and on surface metrology, and undergraduate courses on manufacturing and on the technology of alpine skiing. He also consults and teaches courses for industry on axiomatic design and on surface metrology. A WPI faculty member since 1989, Brown has published more than 100 articles on machining, axiomatic design, sports engineering, and surface metrology applied to engineering, archeology and physical anthropology. He has patents on a fractal method for characterizing surface roughness, an apparatus for friction testing, and on sports equipment. He also developed software for surface texture analysis.

Magazine of the Society of Women Engineers
In support of sports

A magazine article on efforts to improve athletic equipment for women features a project led by Christopher Brown, professor of mechanical & materials engineering. He worked with students to design a spring-based shoe sole to protect athletes from injury. 


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Jocelyn Close, Jason Hopkins, Michael Dragonas, Frank Burton
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Storie Nivers, Matthew A. Gleason, David Etievant, Tomas Bartkowiak
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