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Ryan Harrington brings a unique perspective to his clients, having worked in the automotive industry and the federal government. His accomplishments include innovative approaches in automotive engineering, technology evaluation, and the analysis and development of federal regulations, policies, and standards including fuel economy, and emissions rule-making and motor vehicle safety standards. He specializes in the analysis of complex technical and policy issues while fostering collaboration between industry executives, senior government officials, and engineers related to the deployment of emerging technologies including automated vehicles, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications, and fuel economy improving technologies. He has evaluated and developed test procedures for ADAS systems; analyzed failure data and conducted root cause analyses for diesel engines and automotive components; developed prototype electric power steering (EPS) systems; performed noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) investigations and customer acceptance evaluations; led fuel economy studies; and conducted fuel-efficient driver training. Prior to joining Exponent, Ryan was the Chief of the Technology Innovation and Policy Division at the US Department of Transportation (DOT) Volpe National Transportation Systems Center. He led a cross-functional team of scientists, engineers, and analysts focused on emerging transportation technologies including automated vehicles, connected vehicles, connected/smart cities, and big data. Ryan and his team assessed alternative policy approaches to overcome technical and policy barriers impacting the deployment of advanced transportation technologies at the local, regional, and national level. He and his team also conducted a scan of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) to identify potential conflicts with the certification of automated vehicles; reviewed comments submitted in response to the Federal Automated Vehicles Policy (FAVP); and supported automated vehicle research and safety regulation analyses for passenger cars, commercial motor vehicles (CMV), and transit vehicles. Ryan was invited to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy's (OSTP) Executive Leadership Retreat at Camp David to identify key priorities and challenges related to the deployment of automated vehicles. In his previous work at the Volpe Center, as a Senior Engineer, he led a team that performed engineering analyses and developed fuel-savings, cost, deployment rates, and applicability assumptions for light-duty and heavy-duty vehicle technologies, which were incorporated into the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standard setting compliance and effects modeling. He presented technology analyses at senior level briefings for the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the DOT, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the California Air Resources Board (CARB), and the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). He represented the DOT and participated in executive level meetings with vehicle manufacturers; engine, transmission, and component suppliers; and industry trade associations. Additionally, Ryan developed and evaluated test track and on-road verification test procedures for developmental crash avoidance systems.
As a Technical Support Manager at Cummins Inc., he led Six Sigma fuel economy improvement projects, analyzed customer requirements, and proposed diesel engine/drivetrain changes to improve the fuel efficiency of long-haul trucks. He analyzed failure data and conducted field investigations to identify the root cause of diesel engine failures and brought resolution to customer product issues. While working at Delphi Automotive Systems, as a Design Responsible Engineer, Ryan led the design and integration of prototype EPS systems into customer developmental vehicles. Using Shainin Red X methodologies, he performed NVH identification and consumer acceptance evaluations of EPS systems at customer and Delphi facilities in Poland, Italy, and Germany. His passion for motor vehicles and automotive engineering extends beyond his professional career. He is a volunteer design judge for the Formula Hybrid Competition, which is part of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Collegiate Design Series. He continues to develop his vehicle dynamics knowledge and driving skills by competing in Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and Porsche Club of America (PCA) autocross racing.