Kim Blair
Kim B. Blair, Ph.D.
Senior Manager
Mechanical Engineering
Natick

Dr. Blair has extensive experience in the development of innovative solutions to challenging technical problems in academic, start-up, small-medium enterprise, and large corporate cultures. His specific expertise lies in the sports industry, where he works with clients on strategic planning, research and development, new product innovation, engineering design and analysis, measurement of product performance and technical program management. Dr. Blair also consults with clients on intellectual property issues related to strategy, validity and infringement.

In academia, Dr. Blair has over a decade of experience in developing and delivering innovative, hands-on educational programs in engineering, product development process, and innovation process. He was the Founding Director of the Sports Innovation Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and currently holds a Visiting Professorship in the Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering at Loughborough University in the UK.

Dr. Blair’s background includes an appointment in the MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics Department, where he was the lead instructor for a capstone experimental projects course, co-developer of a junior level advanced dynamics course, and instructor in a graduate structural dynamics and vibrations course. Previously, Dr. Blair was a senior scientist and management team member at Moldyn, Inc., a consultancy applying aerospace analysis techniques to the fields of biomechanics and computational chemistry. He also served as an aerospace engineer at the NASA Johnson Space Center.

His professional affiliations include serving as Secretary, President and Past President of the International Sports Engineering Association and as a member editorial board for the Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology. He has served on the scientific committees for several editions of The Engineering of Sport Conference and the Asia Pacific Conference on Sports Technology.

An accomplished athlete, Dr. Blair puts sports products to use, having competed in more than 100 endurance events, including the US National Triathlon Championships, World Triathlon Championship Qualifier, Ironman Austria, and the Hawaii Ironman World Championships. He is the president of Team Psycho, a New England-based elite triathlon team.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University, 1992
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 1987
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Nebraska, 1983
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Nebraska, 1981
  • University of Nebraska - Alumni Achievement Award

    Pi Tau Sigma - National Mechanical Engineering Honorary

    Psi Chi - National Psychology Honorary

    Eagle Scout - Overland Trails Council

Publications

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Crouch TN, Burton D, LaBry ZA, Blair KB, 2017. Riding against the wind: A review of competition cycling aerodynamics. Invited Paper, Sports Engineering 2017; 20(2): 81-110.

Caine MP, Blair KB, Vasquez M. Materials and technology in sport. Invited Commentary. Nature Materials 2012 Aug; 11.

Blair KB, Chew, G-L, Cote M. The effect of static leg position and cadence on the drag of a cyclist. Human Power eJournal 2007; 14(4).

Blair KB. Materials and design for sports apparel. Materials in Sports Equipment 2007; 2: 60-86, Woodhead Publishing Limited, Cambridge, UK.

Blair KB, Custer D, Graham J, Okal M. Analysis of fatigue failure in D-shaped carabiners. Sports Engineering 2005; 8(2):107-113.

Chun HM, Padilla CE, Alper HE, Chin DN, Watanabe M, Karlov VI, Soosaar K, Blair KB, Becker O, Caves L, Nagle R, Farmer B. MBO(N)D: A multi-body method for long-time molecular dynamics simulations. Journal of Computational Chemistry 2000; 21(3):159-184.

Blair KB, Krousgrill CM, Farris TN. Harmonic balance and continuation techniques in nonlinear dynamics with an application to Duffing’s equation. Journal of Sound and Vibration 1997; 202(5):717–731.

Blair KB, Krousgrill CM, Farris TN. Nonlinear dynamic response of shallow arches to harmonic forcing. Journal of Sound and Vibration 1996; 194(3):353–367.

Peer Reviewed Conference Papers


Berry M, Las Fargeas J, Blair KB. Wind tunnel testing of a novel wingsuit design. The Engineering of Sport 8, Proceedings of the 8th Conference of the International Sports Engineering Association, Vienna, Austria, Procedia Engineering 2010; 2(2):2735-2740.

Blair KB, Turner JM, Vasquez M. High speed sensor and testing system for baseball chest protectors. The Impact of Technology on Sport III, Proceedings of the 4th Asia Pacific Congress on Sports Technology, Honolulu, HI, USA, eds F. Alam, L. V. Smith, A. Subic, F. K. Fuss and S. Ujihashi, Publishing Solutions Pty Ltd, pp 435-439, 2009.

Holschuh BT, Gray TL, Blair KB. Golf driver/ball impact acoustic measurement system. The Impact of Technology on Sport III, Proceedings of the 4th Asia Pacific Congress on Sports Technology, Honolulu, HI, USA, eds F. Alam, L. V. Smith, A. Subic, F. K. Fuss and S. Ujihashi, Publishing Solutions Pty Ltd, pp 287-291, 2009.

Blair KB, Vasquez M, Groudas P. Testing procedures for baseball chest protection equipment. The Engineering of Sport 7, Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on the Engineering of Sport, Biarritz, France, Springer-Verlag, Vol. 2, pp. 215-222, 2008.

Blair KB, Sidelko S. Aerodynamic performance of cycling time trial helmets. The Engineering of Sport 7, Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on the Engineering of Sport, Biarritz, France, Springer-Verlag, Paris, France, Vol. 1, pp 371-377, 2008.

Blair KB, Williams G, Vasquez G. The effect of wood properties on the performance of baseball bats. In: Fuss F.K., Subic A. and Ujihashi S. (Eds.) The Impact of Technology on Sport II. Proceedings of the Asia-Pacific Congress on Sports Technology, Singapore, Taylor & Francis Group, London, pp. 345-349, 2007.

Blair KB. Synopsis of current developments: modeling equipment. The Engineering of Sport 6, Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on the Engineering of Sport, TUM - Munich University of Technology, Germany, Vol. 2, pp. 107-108, 2006.

Blair KB, Culligan KF, Walfisch, D. Analysis of Fulcrum skate performance. The Engineering of Sport 6, Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on the Engineering of Sport, TUM - Munich University of Technology, Germany, Vol. 3, pp. 301-306, 2006.

Blair KB, Custer D, Alziati S, Bennett W. The effect of load rate, placement angle, and ice type on ice screw failure. The Engineering of Sport 5, Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on the Engineering of Sport, University of California, Davis, Vol. 2, pp. 283-289, 2004.

Hastings AZ, Blair KB, Culligan KF, Pober DM. Measuring the effect of transmitted road vibration on cycling performance. The Engineering of Sport 5, Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on the Engineering of Sport, University of California, Davis, Vol. 2, pp. 619-625, 2004.

Young LR, Bush DJ, Blair KB. Rear-releasable ski boots for ACL protection: An engineering evaluation. International Society for Skiing Safety, 15th Congress, St. Moritz, Switzerland, 2003

Brodeur DR, Young PW, Blair KB. Problem-based learning in aerospace engineering education. Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, Montreal, Canada, 2002.

Blair KB, Custer D, Graham J, Okal M. Analysis of fatigue failure in d-shaped carabiners. 2nd International Conference on Science and Technology in Climbing and Mountaineering, Leeds, United Kingdom, 2002.

Chun H, Karlov V, Blair K, Alper H, Chin D, Watanabe M, Padilla C. A substructured dynamics method for macromolecules – MBO(N)D. 1. Formulation and Methodology. Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society 1997; 214:57. 

Chun HM, Padilla CE, Blair KB, Li JH, Haney DN, Alper HE. A reduced variable approach for long-time dynamics of large macromolecular systems. Air Force Materials Directorate Workshop on Large Scale Simulations in Chemistry/Materials Science, 1994.

Blair KB, Krousgrill CM, Farris TN. Dynamic response of a shallow arch to antisymmetric, harmonic loading. Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Recent Advances in Structural Dynamics, Southampton, England, Vol. I, pp. 326–339, 1994.

Blair KB, Krousgrill CM, Farris TN. Nonlinear dynamic response of shallow arches. Proceedings of the 33rd AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference, Dallas, TX, pp. 2376–2384, 1992.

Blair KB, Krousgrill CM, Farris TN. Harmonic balance and continuation techniques in nonlinear dynamics with an application to Duffing’s equation. ASME Applied Mechanics, Materials and Aerospace Summer Meeting, Scottsdale, AZ, 1992.

Presentations

Blair KB. Smart devices in sports products. Guest lecture for EM 153 – Management of Innovation, Gordon Institute, Tufts University, February 2017.

Blair KB. Smart devices in sports products. Guest lecture for ME 597 – Sports Technology and Entrepreneurship, School of Materials Engineering, Purdue University, February 2017.

Blair KB. Hardware development for smart products in sports. Invited seminar, Sports Technology Institute, Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering, Loughborough University, November 2016.

Blair KB. Hardware development for smart products in sports. Invited entrepreneurship seminar, Loughborough University London, November 2016.

Blair KB. Pressure sensitive adhesives – An application engineer’s point of view. Keynote presentation, 3M 2015 PSA Symposium, 3M Headquarters, St. Paul, MN, May 2015.

Blair KB. Hardware innovation and product development process. 3M Automotive Applications Group Lunch and Learn, 3M Headquarters, St. Paul, MN, May 2015.

Blair KB. Panelist – Innovations fueling the sports and entertainment industries. Licensing Executives Silicon Valley Chapter Fifteenth Annual Conference, Palo Alto, CA, April 2015.

Blair KB. Wearable technology – The hardware challenge. Evolve – The CSE Innovation Summit, Atlanta, GA, January 2015.

Blair KB. Multi-disciplinary engineering for the development of advanced applications in sport textiles. The AISTS & CSEM Conference on Smart Textile Opportunities for Sport, Rolex Centre, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, November 2013.

Blair KB. The disciplines of technology development and product design. Sports Tech and Innovation Summit, The Emirates Stadium, London, UK, November 2013.

Blair KB. The disciplines of technology development and product design. Executive MBA at the School of Management in Fribourg Workshop, Swissnex, Cambridge, MA, October 2013.

Blair KB. The disciplines of technology development and product design. Sports Analytics Innovation Meet Up, Boston, MA, July 2013.

Blair KB. The disciplines of technology development and product design. Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK, September 2012.

Blair KB. Panelist – How can sport drive engineering innovation? Royal Academy of Engineering, London, UK, September, 2012.

Blair KB. The disciplines of technology development and product design. Swissnex Venture Leaders Conference, Cambridge, MA, October 2011.

Blair KB. The disciplines of technology development and product design. Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ, October 2011.

Blair KB. The disciplines of technology development and product design. Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rochester, NY, October 2011.

Blair KB. The disciplines of technology development and product design. Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering Pierson Lecture Series, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, September 2011.

Blair KB. The Disciplines of technology development and product design. Nebraska Society of Professional Engineers, Eagle, NE, September 2011.

Blair KB. Panelist – Golf analytics. MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, Cambridge, MA, March 2011.

Blair KB. The disciplines of technology development and product design. Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering Seminar Series, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Woods Hole, MA, February 2011.

Blair KB. Innovation workshop. University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland, November 2010.

Blair KB. Panelist – Performance enhancement: will future athletes be Formula One or NASCAR?. MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, Cambridge, MA, March 2010.

Blair KB. Aerodynamics of sports balls. Adidas International, Pre-Release of 2010 World Cup Soccer Ball, Scheinfeld, Germany, November 2009.

Blair KB. Innovation in sports technology – Developing marketable products. University of Bridgeport, November, 2009.

Blair KB. Applications of High speed imaging in sports product design. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professional Education Short Program in High-Speed Imaging for Motion Analysis: Systems and Techniques, June 2009.

Blair KB. Engineering sporting excellence. Sports Engineering and Technology, Institute of Mechanical Engineers, London, March 2009.

Blair KB. Innovation in sports technology – Developing marketable products. Purdue University Mechanical Engineering Design Seminar, April, 2009.

Blair KB. Panel Moderator – Sport 2.0: The Evolution of Technology and Sports, MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, Cambridge, MA, March 2009.

Blair KB. Innovation in sports technology – Developing marketable products. New England American College of Sports Medicine Conference, November, 2008.

Blair KB. Location Switzerland – Sports Business Tour. Switzerland, April 2008.

Blair KB. Panel Moderator – Technology, MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, Cambridge, MA, February 2008.

Blair KB. Innovative technologies in sport. Netherlands Office for Science & Technology, Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs, The Hague, The Netherlands, November 2007. 

Blair KB. Building collaborative relationships between industry, government and academia – An International Discussion Panel. SGMA’s Sports and Technology Convergence, La Jolla, CA, October 2007.

Blair KB. Creating sports performance innovations. Jyväskylä Regional Development Company, Jyväskylä, Finland, July 2007.

Blair KB. Creating sports performance innovations. Oulu Wellness Institute, Oulu, Finland, July 2007.

Blair KB. Panel Moderator – Sponsorship. MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, Cambridge, MA, February 2007.

Blair KB. Implementing sports performance innovations in mass sports products. SGMA’s Sports and Technology Convergence, La Jolla, CA, October 2006.

Blair KB. Sports apparel aerodynamics. Department of Materials and Textiles. University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, May 2006.

Blair KB. Cycling aerodynamics. Exercise and Health Science Department, University of Massachusetts Boston, April 2006.

Blair KB. Teaching and research at the MIT Center for Sports Innovation. Sports and Rehabilitation Engineering Center, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, November 2005.

Blair KB. Teaching and research at the MIT Center for Sports Innovation. NeuroMuscular Research Center Seminar Series, Boston University, October 2005.

Blair KB. Innovation and product development in sports. Mechanical Engineering Colloquium Series, University of Nebraska, October 2005.

Blair KB. Predicting the success of innovation. The 2005 Growth and Innovation Conference, New York, NY, May 2005.

Blair KB. New technology and sports equipment. International Business Intelligence Series, Orlando, FL, January 2005.

Blair KB. New technologies to monitor and enhance athletic performance. CIMIT – Center for the Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology Forum, Boston, MA, January 2005.

Blair KB. Technology and sports. International Congress on Technological and Social Innovation in Sport, San Sebastian, Spain, December 2004.

Blair KB. Applications of smart textiles in the sports industry. ESPRC Network: Smart Textiles for Intelligent Consumer Products, London, United Kingdom, June 2004.

Blair KB. Driving innovation in product development. IDEAS 2004, Boston, MA, June 2004.

Blair KB. Hands-on experience in teaching innovation and product development. Center for Innovation and Product Development Seminar Series, Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, April 2004.

Blair KB. Sports product innovation. Lemelson Center's Symposium, Inventing Ourselves, Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Washington, DC, November 2003.

Blair KB. Sports product development in engineering education. Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom, November 2003.

Blair KB. Sports product development in engineering education. Loughborough University, United Kingdom, November 2003.

Blair KB. Advanced development of sports equipment – prototype production. United States Olympic Committee Coach’s Conference, Colorado Springs, CO, April 2003.

Blair KB. Teaching product development in a laboratory context. The 2002 MIT Engineering/Manufacturing Conference: Innovations in Product Development, Cambridge, MA, October 2002.

Patents

US Patent 9,642,415: Systems and Methods for Monitoring Athletic Performance, May 2017 (Pease E, Renner K, Row G, Blair K, Wawrousek C, Murphy S, Fullum J-F, Petrecca K, Tenbroek T).

Prior Experience

Founder, STI&E Consulting, 2017–2017

Vice President, Cooper Perkins, Inc., 2010–2017

Founder/President, Sports Innovation Group, LLC, 2000–2009

Lecturer, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1999–2003

Founding Director, Sports Innovation @ MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1999–2003

Senior Staff Scientist, Moldyn, Inc., 1992–2003

Aerospace Engineer – Graduate Co-op, NASA Johnson Space Center, 1987-1990

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Purdue University, 1985-1992

Associate Project Engineer, Alpo Petfoods, Inc., 1983-1985

Academic Appointments

Visiting Professor, Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering, Loughborough University, 2008-present

Affiliate, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012-present

Affiliate, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003-2012

Professional Affiliations

ISEA, International Sports Engineering Association, Past President 2014–2016, President 2010–2014, Secretary 2008–2010, Member since 2004

American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Member since 1982

Project Experience

Provided guidance in innovation, technology development and product development for start-up companies.

Provided expert commentary for a number of media outlets on the impact of innovation and design in sports equipment on Olympic and professional sports.

Provided engineering and technical consulting services for the development of exercise equipment.

Designed and implemented testing systems for assessing thermal performance of sports apparel.

Designed and implemented testing systems for assessing performance of baseball gloves.

Designed and implemented testing systems for assessing performance of rock and ice climbing gear.

Designed and implemented testing systems for testing aerodynamic performance of sports equipment and athletes for cycling, skiing and wingsuits.

Developed early prototypes of athlete performance measurement systems.

Developed novel broadcast concepts for Major League Baseball.

Provided expert witness services in support of patent litigation cases for sports products including exercise and fitness equipment, golf balls, golf grips, golf clubs, golf cleats, and lacrosse heads.

Additional Information

Advisory Appointments

WGBH “Fetch” Scientific Advisory Board, 2007-2009

Lecturer, MIT Science of Baseball Program, Cambridge, MA, July 2008

Sports Product Development Segment, Teacher’s Domain, Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development, http://www.teachersdomain.org, Produced by WGBH, July 2006

Golf Digest Technical Advisory Group Member, Technical Review of 2006 Golf Product Offerings, Naples, FL. October 2005

Course Faculty, International Sports Engineering Association Summer School, Lectures in aerodynamics, materials, and a seminar in product development process, Prato, Italy, June 2005

Associate Director Get SSET!: Sport Science, Engineering and Technology Summer Camp for Young Women, MIT, Cambridge, MA, August 2005

Course Faculty, Get SSET!: Sport Science, Engineering and Technology Summer Camp for Young Women, MIT. Wind Tunnel Testing of Sports Equipment. and Understanding User Needs in Sports Equipment Design. Cambridge, MA, August 2005

Boston Museum of Science Lowell Institute Lecture Series. Material Science in Sports: High Performance Equipment Design. Boston, MA, December 2004

Golf Digest Technical Advisory Group Member, Technical Review of 2005 Golf Product Offerings, Las Vegas, NV. October 2004

Course faculty, Get SSET!: Sport Science, Engineering and Technology Summer Camp for Young Women, MIT. Wind Tunnel Testing of Sports Equipment. and “Understanding User Needs in Sports Equipment Design. Cambridge, MA, August 2004

Boston Museum of Science Lowell First Friday Lecture Series. Aerodynamics and Sports. Boston, MA, February 2004

Get SSET!: Sport Science, Engineering and Technology Summer Camp for Young Women. Wind Tunnel Testing of Sports Equipment. MIT, Cambridge, MA, August 2003

Aerodynamics and wind tunnel testing advisor, POVme, an educational science of sports television program aimed at preteens and teens, primarily targeting young women, minorities, and the disabled who have a strong interest in sports, May 2003

Member, Board of Advisors, Harvard-Smithsonian SportSmarts, a national education campaign of the designed to increase the understanding and appreciation of science through sports, 2000-2004

Editorships and Editorial Review Boards

Reviewer, Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 2009

National Science Foundation Design Science Workshop Series, 2008-2009

Golf Digest Technical Advisory Group Member, Technical Review of 2006 Golf Product Offerings, Naples, FL. October 2005

Golf Digest Technical Advisory Group Member, Technical Review of 2005 Golf Product Offerings, Las Vegas, NV. October 2004 and the PGA Show, Orlando, 2005

IMCRC International Expert Review Committee Member, Loughborough University, UK, 2004-2008

Peer Reviewer

Sports Engineering

Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology

Journal of Applied Biomechanics

News & Events

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University, 1992
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 1987
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Nebraska, 1983
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Nebraska, 1981
  • University of Nebraska - Alumni Achievement Award

    Pi Tau Sigma - National Mechanical Engineering Honorary

    Psi Chi - National Psychology Honorary

    Eagle Scout - Overland Trails Council