Ryan Yee
Ryan Yee, Ph.D.
Senior Associate
Vehicle Engineering
  • Menlo Park

Dr. Yee’s specialized expertise in the area of vehicle engineering includes vehicle telematics, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication systems, and automated vehicles. Since joining Exponent in 2014, he has leveraged his experience in accident reconstruction to consult with clients on vehicle telematics, conduct reviews of Federal and State vehicle regulations as they apply to automotive products, and analyze vehicle requirements in their development process. His broader project experience includes the reconstruction of crashes involving passenger cars and heavy trucks, event data recorder (EDR) and engine control module (ECM) data analysis, automotive sled testing and simulations of vehicle crashes using the Human Vehicle Environment (HVE) software package.

Dr. Yee’s current interests in the area of connected and automated vehicles include the future of EDRs from an accident reconstruction and failure analysis perspective. He has published on the topic of the use of ADAS sensor data to reconstruct vehicle crashes, and has conducted experiments to assist in the development of analysis techniques required to analyze such data. He is a member of SAE’s Active Safety Test Target Committee.

A nuclear engineer by training, he has also led projects at Exponent involving the development and reliability testing of radiation detectors. Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Yee was a Scientist at Rapiscan Laboratories, where he developed nuclear techniques to detect contraband and special nuclear material in cargo containers, using a combination of Monte Carlo simulations and proof-of-concept experiments. Past projects have included the development of algorithms to detect special nuclear material by fusing data from multiple cargo inspection systems using both x-ray and neutron interrogation.

Dr. Yee obtained his Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering at UC Berkeley, where he also held a Lawrence Scholarship at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to perform his thesis work. His thesis work entitled “Beta-delayed neutron spectroscopy using trapped radioactive ions” straddled basic and applied nuclear science, with an eye toward improving nuclear data for applications in reactors, Homeland Security, and stockpile stewardship.

Dr. Yee is an avid autocross racer and has coached novice drivers with the Golden Gate Chapter of the BMW Car Club of America. He also regularly competes with the Sports Car Club of America and the Porsche Club of America, and brings with him a passion for automotive engineering.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Nuclear Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2013
  • M.S., Nuclear Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2009
  • B.Sc., Engineering Physics, Queen's University, Canada, 2006

LANGUAGES

  • French

Publications

Zolock J, Senatore C, Yee R, Larson R, et al. The use of stationary object radar sensor data from Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) in accident reconstruction. SAE Technical Paper 2016-01-1465, 2016.

Yee RM, Senatore C. Advanced driver assistance systems and connected vehicles: Current technology and future trends. Michigan Defense Trial Counsel E-Letter 2015; 5(3).

Yee RM. Trapped ions reveal the undetected: A new approach for nuclear decay science. LLNL Science & Technology Review, 2013.

Iyengar A, Norman EB, Howard C, Angell C, Kaplan A, Ressler JJ, Chodash P, Swanberg E, Czeszumska A, Wang B, Yee R, Shugart HA. Distinguishing fissions of 232Th, 237Np and 238U with beta-delayed gamma rays. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B; 2013.

Yee RM, Scielzo ND, Bertone PF, Buchinger F, Caldwell S, Clark JA, Deibel CM, Fallis J, Greene JP, Gulick S, Lascar D, Levand AF, Li G, Norman EB, Pedretti M, Savard G, Segel RE, Sharma KS, Sternberg MG, Van Schelt J, Zabransky BJ. Beta-delayed neutron spectroscopy using trapped radioactive ions. Physical Review Letters 2013; 110:092501.

Li G, Segel R, Scielzo ND, Bertone PF, Buchinger F, Caldwell S, Chaudhuri A, Clark JA, Crawford JE, Deibel CM, Fallis J, Gulick S, Gwinner G, Lascar D, Levand AF, Pedretti M, Savard G, Sharma KS, Sternberg MG, Sun T, Van Schelt J, Yee RM, Zabransky BJ. Tensor interaction limit derived from the alpha-beta-nu correlation in trapped 8Li ions. Physical Review Letters 2013; 110:092502.

Scielzo ND, Li G, Sternberg MG, Savard G, Bertone PF, Buchinger F, Caldwell S, Clark JA, Crawford J, Deibel CM, Fallis J, Greene JP, Gulick S, Hecht AA, Lascar D, Lee JKP, Levand AF, Pedretti M, Segel RE, Sharma H, Sharma KS, Tanihata I, Van Schelt J, Yee RM, Zabransky BJ. The Beta-decay Paul Trap: A radiofrequency-quadrupole ion trap for precision beta-decay studies. Nuclear Instruments and Methods 2012; 681:94.

Chodash P, Angell CT, Benitez J, Norman EB, Pedretti M, Shugart H, Swanberg E, Yee R. Measurement of excitation functions for the natMo(d, x)99Mo and natMo(p, x)99Mo reactions. Applied Radiation and Isotopes 2011; 69(10):1447–1452.

Angell CT, Yee R, Joshi TH, Swanberg E, Norman EB, Hicks CL, Klimenko A, Korbly S, Wilson C, Kulp WD, Warren GA, Bray TH, Copping R, Glans PA, Tyliszczak T, Shuh DK. Nuclear resonance fluorescence of 237Np. Physical Review C 2010; 82:054310.

Yee RM, Shaw TJ, Gozani T. Thermal neutron die-away studies in a 14-MeV neutron-based active interrogation system. IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science 2009; 56(3):1274–1277.

Shaw TJ, Strellis DA, Keeley D, Yee R, Gozani T. Improvement of SNM detection performance by fusion of data from multiple inspection systems. IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science 2009; 56(3):939–943.

Presentations


Yee RM, Senatore C. Advanced driver assistance systems and connected vehicles. Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, May 2015.

Yee RM, Scielzo ND, Bertone PF, Buchinger F, Caldwell S, Clark JA, Deibel CM, Fallis J, Greene JP, Gulick S, Lascar D, Levand AF, Li G, Norman EB, Pedretti M, Savard G, Segel RE, Sharma KS, Sternberg MG, Van Schelt J, Zabransky BJ. Beta-delayed neutron spectroscopy using trapped radioactive ions. 9th International Conference on Methods and Applications of Radioanalytical Chemistry, March 2012.

Yee RM. Active interrogation: Delayed gamma and NRF measurements. 6th Annual Workshop on Reducing the Risk from Radioactive and Nuclear Materials, INMM, February 2012.

Yee R, Angell CT, Joshi T, Norman EB, Kulp WD, Warren GA, Korbly S, Klimenko A, Wilson C, Copping R, Shuh DK. Nuclear resonance fluorescence measurements on 237Np for security and safeguards applications. 3rd Joint Meeting of the APS Division of Nuclear Physics and the Physical Society of Japan, October 2009.

Prior Experience

Postdoctoral Researcher, UC Berkeley, 2014

Consultant, Rapiscan Laboratories, 2014

Lawrence Scholar, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 2010–2013

Graduate Student Researcher, UC Berkeley, 2008–2010

Scientist, Rapiscan Laboratories, 2006–2008

Consultant, e-Radio USA, 2006

Professional Affiliations

Society of Automotive Engineers—SAE

American Physical Society

American Nuclear Society

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CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Nuclear Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2013
  • M.S., Nuclear Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2009
  • B.Sc., Engineering Physics, Queen's University, Canada, 2006

LANGUAGES

  • French