Ryan is from Rutland, Iowa. He received his bachelor's degree in physics and astronomy from the University of Iowa. His research focuses on experimental measurements of sheath physics, including electron and multi-ion species sheaths. He is also a member of the Baalrud theoretical plasma group. After graduating, Ryan joined Sandia National Lab in Livermore as a Postdoctoral Scientist.
Study of the Plasma Boundary Using Laser-induced Fluorescence
Ph.D. thesis, University of Iowa, Iowa City, 2020.