University of Maine
Pixel Smart Phone
Ryan is a technology writer who has been writing how-to and other technology-based articles online since 2007. He was a Group Editor for Technology and Automotive channels at LoveToKnow.com, and served as the Managing Editor of MakeUseOf.com from 2014-2017.
Ryan has had a long career in technology to fuel his writing. Since 1998, he worked for Pratt & Whitney as an automation engineer for 13 years, automating complex manufacturing equipment using programming logic controllers (PLCs), as well as developing HMI interfaces.
Switching careers in 2011, Ryan went to work as a Senior IT Analyst for Corning Life Sciences, where he helped manage manufacturing IT needs like weekly tape backups and managing facility IT equipment. His primary role was as an OSI PI Systems Analyst, developing and maintaining manufacturing data-collection and data analysis systems.
Technical experience spanning over 20 years has helped Ryan develop an appreciation for what aspects of technology people struggle with, and how to fill those knowledge gaps for readers.
Ryan's success both offline and online led to numerous public speaking opportunities. He presented at the OSIsoft National Conference in San Francisco in 2014 and has been featured on national TV (History Channel and Canada's Vision TV), as well as radio and various podcasts.
My primary machine is a Windows 10 PC, and I carry a Google Pixel phone. I also have Google Home, WeMo Smart Plugs, and Phliips Hue in my smart home arsenal.
Ryan attended the University of Maine at Orono, where he earned a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering. Over the years, he's earned numerous certifications in automated manufacturing, as well as process data collection and analysis.
The greatest reward for me is when a reader reaches out and tells me that one of my articles helped them accomplish something with technology that they were struggling with, and couldn't find the answer anywhere else.
Lifewire is a Top 10 technology information website, as rated by comScore, a leading internet measurement company.
We reach more than 10 million readers per month with our trusted, clear, and actionable answers to your most pressing technology questions.
Dotdash's vibrant brands help over 100 million users each month find answers, solve problems, and get inspired.
Dotdash is among the largest and fastest growing publishers online, and has won over 80 awards in the last year alone,
including Digiday's 2020 Publisher of the Year. Dotdash brands include Verywell, Investopedia, The Balance, The Spruce,
Simply Recipes, Serious Eats, Byrdie, Brides, MyDomaine, Lifewire, TripSavvy, Liquor.com, TreeHugger and Thoughtco.