Worcester Development Team

Development Team from Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Winton Parker, a second year MS student, joined the project in October 2017 along with several new undergraduates since then. Two visiting engineering students from France joined the team full time in February and will work through spring. We are also in discussions with Prof. Joey Mead, a polymer engineer from U. Mass Lowell, for consultation on material selection.

Prof. Christopher A. Brown, PhD, FASME


Director, Sports Engineering, Inc. and Surface Metrology Laboratories
Mechanical Engineering Department
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

In 1983, Professor Brown earned his PhD at the University of Vermont (UVM). He then spent four years as a scientific collaborator in the Materials Department at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.  For two years, he was a Senior Research Engineer, where he designed product and processes at Atlas Copco’s European research center.

Since the fall of 1989, Professor Brown has been on the faculty at WPI.  He has published over one hundred articles on Axiomatic Design, sports engineering, manufacturing processes, and surface metrology. He has patents on characterizing surface roughness, devices for friction testing, and on sports equipment for reducing injuries. He teaches graduate courses on axiomatic design of manufacturing processes and on surface metrology, and an undergraduate course on the technology of alpine skiing.  He also consults, and teaches courses, for industry on axiomatic design and on surface metrology.

Professor Brown grew up partly in Syracuse and Constableville, NY (Central Upstate NY). He graduated from high school in Vermont after his family moved to Waterbury Center. Professor Brown played soccer, ran track, and ski raced in high school. At UVM, he was an All-American skier in 1973. He was the men’s alpine ski coach through two undefeated seasons and was an assistant soccer and tennis coach before beginning full time graduate studies in engineering. He was a certified level three Swiss youth and sport monitor for alpine ski racing.

James Muller







Mechanical Engineering Major


Valentin Delache

Student in Mechanical Engineering
Ecole Nationale d’Ingenieurs de Saint-Etienne (ENISE)
SEI WPI Dev Team Member Emeritus

Valentin is a student in his fifth year in the Mechanical Engineering School at Ecole Nationale d’Ingenieurs de Saint-Etienne (ENISE) in France. He is looking to receive a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, including design, production and management. He also completed his undergraduate studies at IUT GMP de Saint Etienne (Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering) in June 2015 with Higher National Diploma in Technology in Mechanical Engineering. Valentin’s previous experience includes numerical simulation, designing and manufacturing special machines, research and implementation of laser welding process in automobiles.

Valentin is originally from Lyon in France. He’s passionate about music; he has played saxophone for 11 years and still plays for fun. He enjoys running in addition to snowboarding, as well.

 Rolland Corentin

Student in Ecole Nationale d’Ingenieurs de Saint-Etienne.
Engineering school. Major: Mechanical engineering
SEI WPI Dev Team Member Emeritus

Rolland is a student in his fourth year at École Nationale d’Ingénieurs de Saint-Étienne (ENISE) looking to receive his Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. It is a five-year program where all the skills to be a good engineer are taught, such as, design, production, and management.

He has been an exchange student in Russia and in the USA to improve his knowledge of engineering and experience. He has worked on projects in large production series for automobile parts and in design.
His wish is to continue in biomechanics or environmental engineering.

Rolland is from Sorbiers, Loire, a small town in the middle of the France.  Interested in serving humanity, he is also interested in food science, cooking and sports. He has a passion for biking and skiing, which he has been doing for 10 years.

Benjamin Aldrich

Student in Biomedical Engineering
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Ben is a senior at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). He will be completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering in the spring of 2019. His professional interests include the mechanics of the human body and how the body can interface with medical devices. He is excited about applying concepts of mechanics and design to the development of injury-reducing sports equipment.

Ben is originally from East Providence, Rhode Island and graduated from LaSalle Academy in Providence. He loves all sports, especially hockey, which he has played competitively since the age of five. He was the captain of the team when his high school won a Rhode Island state championship in 2015. He currently plays for the WPI Club Ice Hockey Team and is the club president. When Ben isn’t playing hockey, he enjoys golfing, fishing, and hiking in his free time.

Julia Dunn

Student in Biomedical Engineering, minoring in Mechanical Engineering
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Julia hopes to continue her studies through a graduate program in Biomechanics. Her previous experience has been in the design and practice of live animal disease state modeling as well as in the development of ankle-foot orthotics for chronic conditions. Her professional interests include athletic injury prevention through the development of orthotics and orthopedics.

Julia is originally from Jericho, VT. She is a lifelong skier, tennis player and rock climber.

Kyle Mudge





Senior Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering 
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

His previous experiences focuses on skeletal biomechanics, biomaterials testing, and experimental design. Kyle’s research interests include biomimetic robotics and implant design.

Outside of his studies, Kyle enjoys writing and performing music with various local bands. He stays active through skateboarding, snowboarding, playing lacrosse, and playing ultimate frisbee with the WPI Men’s team. He grew up in Cumberland, Rhode Island.  Following his graduation in Spring 2019, Kyle hopes to pursue a graduate education in Biomechanics and Implant Design.

Colin Joseph McNamara

Student in Mechanical Engineering
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Allysa N. Grant

Student in Mechanical Engineering
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Allysa Grant is a graduate student in the Five Year BS/MS Program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) working towards receiving her Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. She completed her undergraduate studies at WPI in May of 2018 and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering concentrating in Materials Science. Allysa’s previous experience includes working with a startup company to research, develop, and distribute epoxy photoresist film materials for micro parts.

Allysa is from Framingham, MA and has been a competitive swimmer for the past 16 years. While a good portion of her training for her sport has been in the water, she uses different training equipment regularly and often cross trains. In fact, her favorite hobby happens to be working out in various different environments. Her other interests include travelling, spending time with her friends and family, and participating in community service.

Nathaniel DeSisto

Student in Mechanical Engineering
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Eric Motler

Student in Mechanical Engineering
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Eric Is a student in his second year at WPI. He is looking to receive a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in robotics. Eric has been working on this project since December of 2017 when he was a freshman. Eric’s interests include robotics, the automotive industry and sports engineering, and he hopes to someday start his own company.

Eric is from Guilderland N.Y. and attended Guilderland High School. During high school he ran track and cross country and raced on the Nordic ski team. Now he is on the WPI men’s rowing team and is an avid downhill skier, mountain biker and hiker.

Josephine Bowen

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Josephine Bowen is a junior at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in biomechanics. She is also pursuing a minor in Spanish. In the future she hopes to be working on designing prosthetics. Josephine’s previous experience includes interning at a metal 3D printing company. She also traveled to Cape Town, South Africa last summer where she worked with three other students on a research project. This past year she took a design class where she worked with her classmates to design and create a prototype of a product to assist those with limited mobility.

Josephine is from Lunenburg, MA and is very involved in athletics at WPI. She is a member of the women’s varsity rowing team and the vice president of the alpine ski team.

Tristin J. Carlton

Student in Mechanical Engineering, minoring in Nanoscience
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Mechanical Engineering ’19
Varsity Football

Tristin is a senior at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He will be completing his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical engineering and Master’s Degree in Material Science Engineering through WPI’s 5 year combined BS/MS program. Tristin is both a member of the Varsity Football Team as well as the Club Lacrosse Team. He has always been interested in the design of sporting equipment for all different types of sports.

Tristin attended Coventry High School in Coventry, Rhode Island where he played both Football and Lacrosse and was the captain of both teams. Tristin enjoys playing all different types of sports for both competition and fun.