Civil Engineer Intern
Licensed Engineer in Training, State of Texas – No. 66837 (2019)
Strategic, Adaptability, Input, Futuristic, Learner
B.S. Civil Engineering: Southern Methodist University, 2019
I grew up in the DFW Metroplex, seeing all that Dallas and its surrounding areas had to offer. At Southern Methodist University, I studied Civil Engineering and Global Development. While there I got heavily involved in Planning and University Events, becoming president of a student organization in charge of exactly that. From my experiences on and off campus (studying abroad in Rwanda and taking courses in Taos, New Mexico), I came to believe that engineers and planners have a responsibility to the people in their communities to never give in to bare-minimum thinking. Instead, being a part of professions that shape the physical environment of cities, we have a duty to consider all aspects of development (social, behavioral, economic, environmental, and financial), aiming to manifest ideas that create a built environment that serves the wants and needs of both City and citizen.
Ryan initially joined Verdunity in February 2019 as an Engineering Intern—later signing on full-time upon graduating from SMU in May 2019. As a Student Organization President while at SMU, Ryan had in-depth interactions with the design teams working to renovate and break ground on new buildings on the SMU Dallas campus. He also took advantage of all the opportunities for field experience that the program had to offer. Ryan has worked on various infrastructure projects on the SMU-in-Taos campus as a part of a summer field training course that included site development planning and grading aspects. In addition to this project, he has worked on water infrastructure projects (water delivery and sanitation) in the Bugesera District of Rwanda. Ryan can see the possibilities that sustainable, well designed, infrastructure can create for under-resourced communities, and has pursued this stateside through his involvement with the Deep Ellum Foundation in Dallas. Ryan believes in taking a human-centered approach to design, helping to create infrastructure that serves the needs and comfort of the people who use it.
What do you do outside of work? Outside of work you can find me on the couch thinking about building things, at Home Depot buying materials to build things, and in the garage building things like fire pits, patio furniture, and miscellaneous decor. I also enjoy the occasional TV night and Alamo Drafthouse bottomless popcorn.
Favorite podcast? How I Built This with Guy Raz.
Music you put on while you’re working? A good mix of pop, alternative, and R&B.
One book (or more, if you must) you'd recommend that you've read in the last 2 years? Setting the Table by Daniel Meyer; My Struggle, six book series by Karl Ove Knausgård
Favorite childhood breakfast cereal? Cinnamon Toast Crunch OR Honey nut Cheerios with banana slices.