Ryan graduated with degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Business Operations Management from the University of Colorado – Boulder in 2008. During his time there, he led two separate groups that both received CU’s People’s Choice Innovation Award during the annual Mechanical Design Expo. The first team successfully designed and developed a unique biking apparatus allowing the owner to charge a cell phone by harnessing the rotational power generated from the bike’s wheels. The second team designed, manufactured and implemented an automatic putting robot for PING Golf’s research labs.
Upon graduation, Ryan was hired as a Product Development Engineer at Titleist Golf. During his five years there, Ryan received the Titleist Distinguished Achiever Award in 2011, which is only given to one engineer in the entire company each year. Ryan’s most proud achievement at Titleist was the implementation of a high-speed, motion capture system allowing the R&D team to analyze all aspects of a player’s swing resulting in optimized club fittings. He helped design a number of shafts that are currently in use by professionals on the PGA, LPGA and European Tours. Ryan has nine utility patents mainly focused on club performance and also completed his Project Management Professional (PMP) examinations in 2012 becoming a certified Project Management Professional.
Ryan was then recruited and hired at Callaway Golf in 2013 as the Program Manager for Irons and Wedges. When he was hired, he was the youngest Program Manager at Callaway. His responsibilities included everything from product inception, ideation and feasibility studies to manufacturing, supply chain management and distribution. He worked in depth with performance engineers, CAD specialists, industrial designers, graphic designers, international suppliers and logistics experts.
The Edge of Innovation: Arrow & Notion
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