Ryan Warren Alexander

Toronto, ON · (416) 888-7932 · ryanwalexander@gmail.com

Leveraging a broadly-based automotive engineering background to solve complex problems


Key Experience

Design Engineering

Multimatic Inc.

I designed parts and systems for car suspensions. To ensure part reliability, I processed road-load data for finite element analyses (FEA) followed by physical verification testing. I was on the core team developing the award-winning Chevrolet ZR2 one-of-a-kind shock absorber which adapted Formula 1 damper technology to off-road use for the first time. I was the lead designer of a new balljoint technology that promises to reduce part cost and improve performance at the same time.

August 2015 - July 2018

Chassis Design Engineer

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

I was responsible for the design of suspension parts and systems for high volume production cars. My most significant project was the design of a next generation suspension architecture. It was used in the Chrysler Pacifica which won numerous awards citing its best-in-class handling. I led a research and development project that produced a new technology for dynamically adjusting the ride height of a vehicle at a low cost.

December 2011 - December 2012

Race Engineering & Data Analysis

AIM Autosport

Determined suspension and vehicle setup based on logged data, track conditions, and driver attributes for an Indy Pro 2000 car (formerly Star Mazda).

March 2011 - December 2011

Technical Director and Head of Vehicle Dynamics & Suspension

Western Formula Racing

As Technical Director of a cross-functional team of 40 engineering and business students, I was responsible for design, integration, manufacturing, testing, and competition of the team's race car. As Head of Vehicle Dynamics and Suspension, I was responsible for detailed system design, integration, testing, and track performance. Under my leadership, the team earned 3 distinct new records for Western University. Top 5 finish in FSAE California, top design score in team history, and lowest skidpad time in team history. A technical summary of suspension development is available here and a study on the relationship between longitudinal wheel paths during heave and anti-dive is available here.

June 2008 - June 2010

Education

University of Toronto

Introduction to Self-Driving Cars, Certificate on Coursera

Relevant work: Vehicle Modeling and Control Algorithms, Industry Safety Frameworks, Python

2019

University of Western Ontario

Master of Engineering Science (MASc), Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Relevant work: Applied Measurement and Sensing, Composite Material Design and Processing, Aerodynamics, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Material Science

2013 - 2015

University of Western Ontario

Bachelor of Engineering Science (BASc), Mechanical Engineering
Dean's Honours

Relevant work: Mechatronics, Formula SAE, Programming, Finite Element Methods, Mechanical Vibrations, Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer, Production Management, Human Biomechanics

2005 - 2010

Skills

Engineering Software & Tools
  • Siemens NX
  • SOLIDWORKS & SOLIDWORKS Simulation
  • CATIA
  • MATLAB & Simuink
  • LabVIEW
  • STAR-CCM+
  • Minitab
Programming Languages
  • MATLAB
  • Python
  • C++
  • HTML & CSS
Practical
  • Design engineering
  • Team leadership
  • Complex problem solving
Recreational
  • Cycling (cross country & road)
  • Hiking
  • Acoustic guitar
  • Photography

Highlighted Projects

  • Western Formula SAE Suspension (PDF report)
  • Electric Miata Conversion (PDF report, video)
  • Autonomous Mining Robot (PDF report)
  • Speed and Steering Controller for Self-Driving Car
  • 3D Printed Racecar Steering Wheel

Awards

Patents
  • Multimatic Inc. (2019). Ball Joint with Injection Molded Bearing. WIPO Patent WO2019033218.​
Publications
  • Alexander, Ryan W., "The Effect of Backing Material on Carbon Fibre Severing for High-Volume Production of Composites" (2015). Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository. 2783.
  • Adamovsky, M.F.A., Alexander, R.W., Kaptur, L., Tutunea-Fatan, O.R., Wood, J.T., (2018), "Instrumented Linear Cutting Device for the Analysis of Fiber Severing Process," Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture, 233:875-888.
  • Laschowski B, Nolte V, Adamovsky M, and Alexander R.W. (2015). "The Effects of Oar-Shaft Stiffness and Length on Rowing Biomechanics," Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology. 229: 239-247.
Certifications
  • Design For Six Sigma (DFSS) Green Belt Course Requirements, Chrysler, 2012.
  • Comprehensive WHMIS Training, Western University, 2013.
  • General Laboratory Safety and Hazardous Waste Management Training, Western University, 2013.
  • Kaizen Foundations Continuous Improvement Training, Multimatic, 2017.