Membership Spotlight: Ben Hansen

Ben Hansen, a board member of ABBS, grew up in Beloit, WI and recently moved to Portland, OR. He transitioned to a new role at Intel as Product Engineering Lead- AI & Sports Technology for their Olympic Technology Group. Focused on bringing biomechanics to the masses via computer vision, hardware, and software development, Intel’s OTG creates biomechanics solutions for the Olympics broadcasts and licensed solutions for its partners.

Prior to joining Intel, Hansen spent 2 years as a Senior Biomechanical Engineer with the Chicago White Sox, overseeing the acquisition of Motus Global’s biomechanics lab, database, and motusTHROW IP/source code. Hansen spent 8 years serving as CTO and VP of Biomechanics at Motus Global, pioneering wearable technology for baseball pitchers alongside contracting biomechanics lab services to sports teams. 

Hansen has a B.S. in biomedical engineering and mathematics from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. During his Ph.D. candidacy at Marquette University (biomedical engineering), Hansen was a motion capture technician for the Milwaukee Brewers and was a summer intern at the American Sports Medicine Institute. Hansen departed his studies to join Motus Global as their first employee.

“The industry has seen many advancements in the past 10 years surrounding wearable sensors and markerless motion capture. Many early stage startups have made great strides in advancing the space. Mass adoption is imminent and I’m excited to get back to developing products that will make biomechanics and human workload data ubiquitous, to help the many.”

Hansen and his Fiance, Steph Armijo have two kids—Jack (named after Jackie Robinson) and Oliver. He enjoys doing research with Steph surrounding her yoga practice for athletes, as well as anything related to exploring the great outdoors.  His favorite food is chicken milanese (an ode to his days in Long Island), and his favorite band is Reel Big Fish. 

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