Ryan Harrington
Ryan Harrington, M.E.
Principal
Vehicle Engineering
Natick

Mr. 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 rulemakings and motor vehicle safety standards. Mr. Harrington 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, Mr. Harrington was the Chief of the Technology Innovation and Policy Division at the U. S. 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. Mr. Harrington 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. Mr. Harrington 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, Mr. Harrington 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, Mr. Harrington developed and evaluated test track and on-road verification test procedures for developmental crash avoidance systems.

As a Technical Support Manager at Cummins Inc., Mr. Harrington 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, Mr. Harrington 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.

Mr. Harrington’s 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. Mr. Harrington 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.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • M.E., Automotive Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2004
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Nebraska, 1999
  • Recipient of the U.S. DOT Secretary’s Gold Medal Award (DOT’s highest award), 2008

Publications

Kim A, Perlman D, Bogard D, Harrington R. Review of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) for Automated Vehicles: Identifying potential barriers and challenges for the certification of automated vehicles using existing FMVSS. DOT VNTSC OSTR 16 03, March 2016.

Bettisworth C, Burt M, Chachich A, Harrington R, Hassol J, Kim A, Lamoureux K, LaFrance-Linden D, Maloney C, Perlman D, Ritter G, Sloan S, Wallischeck E. Status of the Dedicated Short-Range Communications Technology and Applications: Report to Congress. FHWA JPO 15 218, July 2015.

Shaulov M, Green K, Harrington R, Mergel J, Pickrell D, Keefe R, Van Schalkwyk J. 2017 – 2025 Corporate Average Fuel Economy Compliance and Effects Modeling System Documentation. DOT HS 811 670, August 2012.

Van Schalkwyk J, Green K, Pickrell D, Harrington R, Shaulov M. 2012 – 2016 Corporate Average Fuel Economy Compliance and Effects Modeling System Documentation. DOT HS 811 301, March 2010.

Harrington R, Lam A, Nodine E, Ference J, Najm W. Integrated Vehicle-Based Safety Systems Light-Vehicle On-Road Test Report. DOT HS 811 020, August 2008.

Harrington R, Lam A, Nodine E, Ference J, Najm W. Integrated Vehicle-Based Safety Systems Heavy-Truck On-Road Test Report. DOT HS 811 021, August 2008.

Presentations

Harrington R. Automated and Connected Vehicles: Overview and USDOT Role. Eighth Annual Autonomous Guidance, Navigation and Control (AGN&C) Symposium, Draper Laboratories, Cambridge, MA, November 3, 2016.

Harrington R. Automated and Connected Vehicles: Overview and USDOT Role. American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) 2016 Fall Conference, Colorado Springs, CO, October 21, 2016. 

Harrington R. CAFE Compliance and Effects Modeling System – Overview. National Academy of Sciences Committee Meeting - Assessment of Technologies for Improving Fuel Economy of Light-Duty Vehicles – Phase 2, Washington, DC, June 20-21, 2012.

Harrington R. Passenger Car and Light Truck CAFE Analysis and Technology Inputs. National Academy of Sciences Committee Meeting - Committee to Assess Fuel Economy Technologies for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles, Ann Arbor, MI, June 18-19, 2009.

Prior Experience

Division Chief, U.S. DOT Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, 2012–2017

Senior Engineer, U.S. DOT Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, 2007–2012

Technical Support Manager, Cummins Inc., 2004–2007

Design Responsible Engineer, Delphi Automotive Systems, 2000–2004

Engineering Intern, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, 1998–1999

Professional Affiliations

Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

Additional Information

Additional Education Training

Society of Automotive Engineers’ (SAE) – Powertrain Selection for Fuel Economy and Acceleration Performance and Turbocharging for Fuel Economy and Emissions, 2009

Six Sigma Green Belt Training, 2005

Shainin® Red X Problem Solving Training, 2003

General Motors Advanced Driver Training, 2001

Peer Reviewer

Serves as a peer reviewer at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Annual Merit Review (AMR)

Knowledge

News & Events

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • M.E., Automotive Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2004
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Nebraska, 1999
  • Recipient of the U.S. DOT Secretary’s Gold Medal Award (DOT’s highest award), 2008