You have found the professional portfolio of Douglas Van Bossuyt. Among other things, I am an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. In the recent past, I worked for NuScale Power, LLC as a probabilistic risk assessment engineer where I helped to analyse beyond-design basis accident scenarios for a new nuclear small modular reactor (SMR) technology. I received my Ph.D. in 2012 at Oregon State University in the Complex Engineered Systems Design Lab. My research interests include conceptual complex system design, risk and reliability engineering, the psychology of risk assessment, functional failure modeling, sustainable design, accessible transportation, energy efficiency, culturally appropriate engineering, and North African culture. Industrially, I am interested in aerospace systems design and reliability engineering, energy systems and management, motorsports research, and extreme environment operations. I also conduct several personal projects including small engine fuel injection retrofitting, and classic Japanese motorcycle design.
My Ph.D dissertation advances a risk-informed decision making framework that accounts for risk and risk appetite during the early phases of conceptual complex system design. Specifically, the framework allows for the risk appetite of critical stakeholders or engineers to quantitatively influence decisions made using risk information in trade studies. The framework further allows for risk metrics as generated through common engineering risk methods such as FTA, FMEA, RBD, etc. to be traded as system-level variables on par with other critical variables such as, in the case of a spacecraft, power, mass, cost, etc.
My master’s thesis developed a method to take culture into account during the mechanical design process. Using the Hofstede or GLOBE cultural factors, I developed a method of accounting for culture via the House of Quality. While completing my MS in mechanical engineering, I also served as the president of the Oregon State University chapter of Engineers Without Borders where we developed and implemented culturally and economically appropriate water catchment, retention and treatment systems in partnership with a community in rural El Salvador.
In my spare time, I enjoy several hobbies. I have extensive experience with motorcycle and small engine repair, especially in the Honda Pacific Coast community. During the dark, rainy months I can be found SCUBA diving in the Pacific Northwest and have volunteered for many years with the OSU research and recreational dive programs. Since I was quite young, I have thoroughly enjoyed traveling the world. You also might spot me hiking in the mountains of Oregon, Washington, and California; mountain biking around Corvallis; rock climbing in the rock gyms at Dixon and McAlexander Fieldhouse; taking photos and making videos of interesting things; and a whole host of other activities.
Throughout my life, the biggest driving force has been and continues to be my insatiable quest for new knowledge, ideas, and experiences. I strive to push the boundaries of knowledge, exploration, and innovation in everything I do regardless of discipline or topic. Everyday I learn new things and strive to share my excitement for the world with others.
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