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My self-summary
I'm an American getting my PhD in engineering from the University of Florida, and I'm here interning at IMEC/KU Leuven from Aug-Dec. So I'll be in Leuven for awhile. I just arrived! And I know very little about Leuven and the surrounding area. But I like surprises.
I don't consider myself to be a typical American, but I don't consider myself to be a typical anything. Whatever that means.

In the world according to Ryan, everything is a playground.

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It's not.”
― Dr. Seuss

If you're not smiling then you're not doing it right. Especially for the easy things, but especially for the hard things.

Music is the medium through which I explore the universe

The Story of my life

I've done a lot of seemingly random things, like taught music at a nonprofit, coached a High School Wrestling team, wrote a rhyming Children's Book, played music with a few members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and road tripped across the US. But maybe they're not so random.

I believe that creativity is where intelligence and play converge. Let's meet there.
What I’m doing with my life
Giant Steps.

Not too long ago I quit my (boring) job for grad school. I got a Masters in Nanotechnology from UPenn, where I made new types of Solar Cells. Now I'm getting my PhD in Materials Science and Engineering, working on using two-dimensional materials as semiconductors, though I hope to get back into renewable energy afterward.

I did my undergrad at UF and it's a bit strange returning to Gainesville. The noble Oaks still echo with some of my greatest successes and failures, and I'm unsure if they have anything left to offer me. But somewhere between the swaying Spanish Moss and the glowing sunsets I think there is something here for me. Of course, it will ultimately be however I choose it to be.
I think it will be wonderful.
I’m really good at
Grabbing a hand-basket at the grocery store when I really need a cart, and being too (insert adjective of your choice here) to switch.
The first things people usually notice about me
That I'm humming along to the music playing in my head. Or that I'm using my body as a drum. Or using something around me as a drum. Probably not an actual drum.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Favorite Books: East of Eden, The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway, Biomimicry, The Story of Stuff, Omnivore's Dilemma, People's History, Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? by Dr. Seuss, and many more.

Music: All. Please give me good music to listen to. Now.
Currently exploring: Joanna Newsom
I'm not a jazz musician but I play one on stage.

Food: Kale and Quinoa find their way into the majority of food I make.
The six things I could never do without
Mental intercourse
The giggles
A few good hours of down dog and standing on my head every week
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Hmm, is that enough Sriracha? No, it probably needs more.

Joining a Barbershop Quartet

What life would be like if I had a handlebar mustache.

Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana.
On a typical Friday night I am
That's a silly question
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
For a creature that's still alive, I've done a surprisingly little amount of foraging.
You should message me if
If our laughter is in key.

If you're happy and you know it.

If you're an unstoppable force of nature.

If you want to jam. Let's harmonize!