PhD (Phil), 1993
MSc (Kin), 1986
BSc (Kin), 1982
Len Brownlie earned his BSc (Honours) in 1982, M.Sc. in 1986 and Ph.D. in 1993 – all in Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University. Len’s Ph.D. thesis, prepared under the guidance of Doctor Eric Bannister and funded by consecutive NSERC Scholarships, was a survey of techniques to reduce aerodynamic drag created by the racing apparel of downhill skiers, cyclists and runners.
Through his consultancy aerosportsresearch.com, Len has been an aerodynamics consultant to NIKE Inc.'s Apparel, Footwear and Equipment divisions since 1998. Nike has applied these research learnings to provide aerodynamically optimized sprint apparel to track athletes at the 2000 - 2012 Summer Olympic Games, soccer balls to the English, Brazil and Spanish Premier Leagues and to long track speed skating teams and ice hockey teams at the 2002 – 2010 Winter Olympics. Len has also acted as the aerodynamics advisor to three Tour de France pro cycling teams, Canada’s Own the Podium program for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, the United States Cycling, Luge and Speed Skating Federations, Hockey Canada, Athletics Canada, Canadian Cycling Association, BellEaston Sports and Smith Optics.
Len has authored over 120 proprietary reports and 24 peer-reviewed articles and is co-holder of 6 design patents in Sports Aerodynamics.
Born with an entrepreneurial spirit, Len has also developed a career in mining exploration as President and CEO of several junior mining companies that have had property interests in Canada, the United States, Israel, Morocco, Mexico and, most recently, in West Africa. Two of these ventures have led to the discovery of precious metals deposits that are moving through the development cycle towards commercial production while a third is an operating silver mine.
Len recently established the Len Brownlie Undergraduate Annual Research Prize in the Faculty of Science at SFU to assist students performing research projects as they transition from their undergraduate degree to graduate work.