By the time he was a sophomore in high school, Ryan was already thinking about his next step.
After graduating from high school in 2011, he decided he wanted to pursue a career in education.
“I’ve always had an affinity for computers, especially because of the Internet,” Ryan said.
“The internet was a big part of my life, and so I figured that I would do something about it.”
Ryan graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer information systems.
He had the chance to apply to college after finishing his studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the summer of 2015, but he was turned down because he had already completed his master’s degree at the same institution.
It was not until his senior year of college, however, that he enrolled in a four-year online degree program called the Pennsylvania Network College.
“It was an exciting experience, and I was really happy with it,” Ryan explained.
“But it was the only one of my four choices that was online.”
Ryan continued on to work in the tech industry, eventually graduating with a Ph.
D. in computer information and network systems from the University at Buffalo in 2014.
He has been involved in several projects, including helping to design the world’s first Internet of Things (IoT) router.
“If I had gone into this as a graduate student, I would have gone in as a full-time employee at a big corporation,” Ryan joked.
“My career as an entrepreneur would have been pretty much over.
I would probably have never been able to get into this field.”
Ryan is now a software developer and co-founder of SmartCodes, an educational software company based in Brooklyn, New York.
“College has become such a buzzword in the last two years,” Ryan continued.
“So many people are choosing to go on to college, so many people have to do an MBA.
This has been an eye-opening experience for me, and it’s helped me get through this transition.”
Ryan has worked with many companies in the past, including Amazon, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Microsoft.
His latest work focuses on developing educational tools for businesses and individuals.
SmartCode also develops tools for the healthcare industry, helping organizations and individuals implement education technology solutions to help reduce health care costs.
Ryan, who is married with three young children, plans to finish his bachelor’s in education degree at The Ohio State University in 2018.
In his spare time, he likes to travel, play guitar, and cook.