About BRI

BRI’s is a consulting company in the area of biomechanics of movement, physical activity and mobility. Its customers include many of the world leading companies in the sporting goods industry. The expertise available through BRI includes knowledge in biomechanics, market research, sporting good product/equipment development, and testing of footwear, orthotics/inserts, sport surfaces and many other products relevant for physical activity and everyday life. The founder and chief science officer of the company is Dr. Benno M. Nigg. Sandro Nigg is the president and owner of BRI. The rest of the team that works on BRI projects consists of consultants that have a wide range of expertise.

The BRI Team

Benno M. Nigg

Benno M. Nigg

Founder & Chief Science Officer

Dr. Nigg is the founder and chief science officer of BRI. He has a doctorate in natural sciences (Physics) from the ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Dr. Nigg also founded and directs the Human Performance Laboratory. He is the author of more than 350 scientific publications and the recipient of many awards (e.g. Olympic Order, Alberta Science and Technology Award, Muybridge Medal of the ISB.) and elected member of three Scientific Academies.

Sandro R. Nigg

Sandro R. Nigg

President & Owner

Sandro is responsible for the business development and operation activities at BRI. Sandro has over 17 years of experience in marketing, project management, client management, accounting, business development, as well as designing and executing qualitative & quantitative research projects. His employment history includes working 6.5 years at adidas, and as a Director of Client Services at the Environics Research Group.

Ursula Heinz

Ursula Heinz

Operations & Office Administration

Ursula represents the first point of contact for the majority of our new clients. Responsible for both the operations and administrative activities of BRI, Ursula has over 18 years of experience in operations management and executive support. She has been with BRI for 12 years, and obtained her Master's degree at the University of Alberta.


Michael Asmussen

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Asmussen is a postdoctoral fellow at BRI. He completed his Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology and Masters of Science in Kinesiology at Lakehead University. Mike then went on to McMaster University to complete his PhD in Kinesiology with a focus on the cortical control of upper arm and hand movements. His current research at BRI examines how researchers can use sensor technology and sensory substitution for healthy aging, symptom management for certain diseases or disorders (e.g., MS), and improving athletic performance.


Jared Fletcher

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Fletcher is a Mitacs-Accelerate post-doctoral fellow with BRI. He received his Ph.D. in Applied Muscle Physiology from the University of Calgary in December, 2014 where he studied the relationship between tendon mechanics and muscle energetics in highly-trained and elite distance runners. His current research interests lie in examining muscle-tendon interaction during running, and physiological methods to optimize performance in athletes. Specifically, he is interested in how measures of heart rate variability and skeletal muscle fatigue can be used to best prescribe training intensity and duration in both elite and recreational athletes.


Aimee Smith

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Smith graduated from the University of Bath with a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science followed by a Masters in Sports Biomechanics at Loughborough University. She completed her PhD at Loughborough University in 2013 focusing on coach informed golf biomechanical analysis using 3D kinematics. Dr. Smith has also worked as a research assistant at the University of Wollongong, Australia and gained work experience as a performance analyst for British elite teams. In addition, she has a keen interest in the perception of sporting equipment and using the perception to guide subsequent biomechanics analysis.


Jordyn Vienneau

Research Technician

Jordyn is a research technician with BRI. She has a BSc in biomechanics and an MSc in kinesiology with a focus on biomechanics, both from the University of Calgary. Her previous research has related to the instantaneous effects of whole body vibration on leg muscle activity and the transmission of vibrations through the body in young and older adults. She is currently evaluating the biomechanical differences between different types of running shoes using various types of data collection including electromyography, motion analysis, plantar pressure and ground reaction forces.


Stefan Hoerzer

Biomechanics Research Assistant and PhD Student

Stefan is a research assistant at BRI and a PhD student at the University of Calgary. Stefan has an MSc in Engineering from the UAS Technikum Vienna with expertise in sports engineering including two years of industry experience with the adidas innovation team. Stefan’s PhD focuses on the application of novel pattern recognition tools to analyze functionally similar groups of people. Within BRI he investigates the biomechanical effects of novel footwear solutions. In addition, his responsibilities also include the Automated Footwear Testing System and the website of BRI.


Maurice Mohr

Biomechanics Research Assistant and PhD Student

Maurice is a research assistant at BRI and a PhD student in Kinesiology with a focus on biomechanics at the University of Calgary. Maurice has a BSc in Sports Technology from the Otto-von-Guericke University in Magdeburg, Germany. The main research interest of his PhD are adaptations in lower extremity biomechanics and neuromuscular control following a knee injury and their implications for knee osteoarthritis. Within BRI, his current research focuses on running biomechanics, specifically on matching a running shoe to someone’s individual running style.


Daniel Comaduran Marquez

Biomechanics Research Assistant and MSc Student

Daniel is a research assistant at BRI and a MSc student in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Calgary. Daniel has a BSc in Biomedical Engineering from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Chihuahua, Mexico. The main research interest of his MSc is the effect of muscle synchronization in fatiguing exercises, with a specific focus on using biofeedback to reduce fatigue. With BRI he works in the development of a electromyography current-amplifier.