Ryan Chancey, Ph.D., P.E.
Dr. Chancey’s unique combination of academic and industry experience enables him to tackle large, complex, and multi-disciplined forensic projects at an international scale. He has evaluated structural system and material failures for hundreds of commercial, industrial, residential, institutional, educational, athletic, healthcare, and agricultural facilities which have been subject to perils including construction defects, design defects, collapses, fires, explosions, windstorms, tornados, hurricanes, expansive and settling soils, and vibrations. He has provided investigative solutions to an array of client types; including property owners, insurance carriers, attorneys, and contractors; and he has designed measures to remediate deficiencies in affected facilities.
A United States Fulbright Fellow and a National Science Foundation Research Fellow, Dr. Chancey is published in the fields of engineering, materials science, physics, and chemistry. He conducted research in the field of physical chemistry with the Quantum Theory Project at the University of Florida, and studied the effects of near-surface tropical cyclone winds on coastal structures with the Florida Coastal Monitoring Program. He developed a method of characterizing chemical and physical properties of cement-based materials utilizing microanalytical methods, in conjunction with the Construction Materials Research Group at the University of Texas at Austin and the National Institute for Standards and Technology. Additionally, Dr. Chancey has firsthand experience with the construction of residential and commercial buildings and underground infrastructure.
Dr. Chancey has delivered dozens of presentations pertaining to concrete materials science and structural failures to a wide range of audiences; including university faculty, engineering undergraduate and graduate students, insurance industry representatives, attorneys, and engineering peers. He has authored many peer-reviewed publications, including a chapter in a respected textbook of nanophysics and a chapter in a handbook for evaluation of hurricane damage. Dr. Chancey has provided expert testimony in deposition, mediation, arbitration, and trial.