William Lane
William Lane, Ph.D.
Associate
Mechanical Engineering
Menlo Park

Dr. Lane specializes in fluid and solid mechanics, mechanical design, and manufacturing, with interest in aviation and aerospace, mechanical failure analysis, manufacturing design & process evaluation, and product qualification. Previous work has included product design and optimization for water purification, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations of reactors for energy applications, materials informatics for novel battery research, and manufacturing in the aerospace industry.

Dr. Lane has extensive machine shop experience, including mills and lathes (CNC/manual), 3D printers, and laser cutters. His hands-on skills are complemented with his proficiency in computer-aided design (CAD), manufacturing (CAM), and engineering (CAE). His computational skills further include programming, scripting, and data analysis with Python, MATLAB, Shell, and FORTRAN.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Lane was employed as a Product Engineer by Evoqua Water Technologies, where he worked as the Fluid Simulation Lead for product development before serving as the Technical Lead for the Process Engineering Team. During this time his work spanned aeration/mixing, electrochemical desalination, UV advanced oxidation, and continuous electrodeionization.

Dr. Lane’s graduate work at Boston University was partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy on the development of the Carbon Capture Simulation Initiative toolset. Specifically, he developed an efficient constitutive model for the large-scale simulation of heat transfer in multiphase flows over immersed geometry (e.g., heat exchangers and fluidized beds). His contributions were key in the simulation of pilot-scale carbon capture systems that were otherwise intractable. This project received a U.S. Department of Energy R&D 100 Award in 2016.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Boston University, 2016
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Boston University, 2015
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of New Brunswick, 2012
  • U.S. Department of Energy R&D 100 Award

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

CNC Machinist (Blocks I, III; Canada)

Publications

W. A. Lane, E. M. Ryan. (2017). Verification, validation, and uncertainty quantification of a sub-grid model for heat transfer in gas-particle flows with immersed horizontal cylinders. Chemical Engineering Science 2017; 176:409–420.

C. Lai, Z. Xu, T. Li, A. Lee, J.-F. Dietiker, W. A. Lane, X. Sun. Effects of heat exchanger tubes on hydrodynamics and CO2 capture of a sorbent-based fluidized bed reactor. Powder Technology 2007; 322:202–213.

W. A. Lane, A. Sarkar, S. Sundaresan, E.M. Ryan. (2016). Sub-grid models for heat transfer in gas-particle flows with immersed horizontal cylinders. Chemical Engineering Science 2016; 151:7–15.

W. A. Lane, A. Sarkar, S. Sundaresan, E.M. Ryan. (2014). Sub-Grid Filtering Model for Multiphase Heat Transfer with Immersed Tubes. ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Proceedings (IMECE) 2014.

C.B. Storlie, W. A. Lane, E. M. Ryan, J. R. Gattiker, D. M. Higdon. (2014). Calibration of Computational Models with Categorical Parameters and Correlated Outputs via Bayesian Smoothing Spline ANOVA. Journal of the American Statistical Association 2014; 110(509):68–82.

W. A. Lane, C. B. Storlie, C. J. Montgomery, E. M. Ryan. (2014). Numerical modeling and uncertainty quantification of a bubbling fluidized bed with immersed horizontal tubes. Powder Technology 2014; 253:733-743.

W. A Lane, C. B. Storlie, C. M. Montgomery, E. M. Ryan. (2013). Modeling and Validation of a Large Scale, Multiphase Carbon Capture System. ASME. Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting (FEDSM) 2016; 2.

Presentations

S. Sundaresan, A. Sarkar, W. A. Lane, E. M. Ryan. Multiscale ‘Filtered’ Models for Gas-Particle Flows. Poster presentation, Carbon Capture Simulation Initiative (CCSI) Industrial Advisory Board meeting, Morgantown, WV, 2015.

W. A. Lane, A. Sarkar, S. Sundaresan, E. M. Ryan. Sub-Grid Filtering Model for Multiphase Heat Transfer with Immersed Tubes. ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, (IMECE), Montreal, QC, 2014.

E. M. Ryan, C. B. Storlie, W. A. Lane, J. Wendelberger. Validation and Uncertainty Quantification of Hydrodynamics in a Bubbling Fluidized Bed. Poster presentation, Carbon Capture Simulation Initiative (CCSI) Industrial Advisory Board meeting, Morgantown, WV, 2014.

W. A. Lane, E. M. Ryan, A. Sarkar, and S. Sundaresan. Efficient simulations of heated gas -particle flows with immersed horizontal cylinders. Poster presention, XXVI IUPAC Conference on Computational Physics, Boston, MA, 2014.

W. A Lane, C. B. Storlie, C. M. Montgomery, E. M. Ryan. Modeling and Validation of a Large Scale, Multiphase Carbon Capture System. ASME Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting (FEDSM), Reno, NV, 2013. 

Prior Experience

Technical Lead for Process Engineering, Evoqua Water Technologies, 2018

Product Engineer, Evoqua Water Technologies, 2016–2018

Research Assistant, Computational Energy Laboratory, Boston University, 2012–2016

Research Assistant, University of New Brunswick, 2010–2012

CNC Machinist, Apex Industries, 2007–2009

Professional Affiliations

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (member)

Society of Manufacturing Engineers (member)

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Boston University, 2016
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Boston University, 2015
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of New Brunswick, 2012
  • U.S. Department of Energy R&D 100 Award

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

CNC Machinist (Blocks I, III; Canada)