Ryan’s role at ORNL involves serving as a user-support liaison between OLCF quantum computing users and the quantum computing vendors. In addition, he will be evaluating and documenting the end-to-end quantum computing user experience, so as to optimize a quantum computing user support strategy.

Prior to joining ORNL, Ryan was a postdoctoral researcher with the astrophysics group at the University of Tennessee, focusing on development of a code framework for gravitational wave signals analysis in astrophysical simulation. He obtained his PhD in theoretical and computational astrophysics from the University of Tennessee, where his research focused on the sensitivity of core-collapse supernova simulations to the nuclear equation of state, and the development of an equation of state code infrastructure. He previously obtained a B.S. in physics and an M.S. in aeronautics & astronautics from Stanford University, and worked as a spacecraft design engineer at Space Systems/LORAL in Palo Alto, California.