History: Ryan, a native of Pleasant Grove, UT, graduated in December 2001 from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering.  While pursuing his degree he joined the US Navy Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate Program in January 2000. He reported to Nuclear Power School in Charleston, SC.  Upon the completion of Nuclear Power Training in May 2003, he reported to the Naval Submarine School in Groton, CT to complete the Submarine Officer’s Basic Course (SOBC).  After graduation from SOBC, he reported to the USS OHIO (SSGN 726), home ported in Bangor, WA.  While on board the USS OHIO, he served as the Electrical Assistant, Reactor Controls Assistant, Chemistry and Radiological Controls Assistant, Assistant Engineer, as well as taking part in the first OHIO class refueling, overhaul, conversion, and sea trials process.  While stationed in Bangor, WA he also rode the USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730) for two Deterrent Patrols.  From 2006-2008, he served as the Nuclear Power Officer at the University of Utah NROTC unit.  Ryan most recently came from American Electric Power’s D.C. Cook, Nuclear Power Plant, in Bridgman, MI.  He was licensed with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) as a Senior Reactor Operator (SRO) on both D.C. Cook Units 1 and 2 and was working as a Unit Supervisor. Ryan is married to Melissa and they have six children, Tyler, Tiarra, Britton, Sadie, Sawyer, and Broderick and reside in Cedar Hills, UT.
Ryan had this to say about UNEP: What an exciting time to be involved with University of Utah Nuclear Engineering Program.   It is young and growing and has so much potential.  UNEP has the ability and momentum to do great things and become a leader in this field.  I am excited to bring my Corrective Action Program (CAP) experience to the program and in implementing the DevonWay software for the first time at a University Facility.  This industrial level software is used at commercial nuclear plants across the nation and will be beneficial in addressing the issues involved with operating an aging nuclear reactor.
Research:  Ryan’s research interests include nuclear forensics, nuclear safeguards, radioactive waste, risk, and safety.