Ryan joined the WHA team in 2021. He is a 2018 NMSU Engineering Physics graduate with a Mechanical Engineering concentration. Throughout college, Ryan participated in the NASA Pathways Internship program. After graduating, he took a position in the NASA WSTF Propulsion office, gaining experience as a project manager and technical lead. Ryan was an operations director for hot fire engine tests. He helped design, manage, and build hypergolic propellant and inert gas systems; and he supervised the pressurization, depressurization, and certification of COPVs.
Prior to completing his education, Ryan spent 4 years in the US Marine Corps as a non-commissioned officer, supervising and ensuring the safety of over 200 employees. He provided aircraft inspection, maintenance, and support as a crew chief and plane captain, and he was responsible for the successful transportation of troops and cargo.
Ryan is a welder and Certified Welding Inspector, has plasma cutter and machining experience, is an explosive ordnance handler, and brings aviation and auto mechanic skills to his position at WHA. Ryan‘s military and educational background and his experience base will make him an asset as one of WHA’s Failure and Hazard Analysis Engineers.
Though he has accomplished a lot professionally, Ryan isn’t ALL business. His personal interests include hunting and various other shooting sports. He also enjoys aviation and is currently working on his Private Pilot License. One of his goals is to build his own experimental airplane.
Ryan and his wife have a son and a daughter. His family enjoys being together to camp, riding mountain bikes, cruising around in the boat at Elephant Butte Lake, and spending time riding their Polaris RZR.