About Ryan Byrd
I am good at designing simple technical solutions to difficult problems. I enjoy controversy, good conversations, great food, foreign movies and cleverness. I love to travel
, run and play the piano. I've braved the catacombs of Paris, swashbuckled through the jungles of Costa Rica and careened on a scooter around downtown Taipei in the pouring rain. I scuba dive and write poetry, but not at the same time. I've taught university classes, raced Porsches, written a book, had Lasik eye surgery, been shot in the leg, consulted Fortune 500 companies, run a marathon without training, called an auction, emceed a robot soccer competition and had a root canal in Switzerland.
I graduated from BYU
with a bachelors in Computer Engineering and the University of Utah with an MBA. I served an LDS
mission in Geneva Switzerland. I've taught at UVSC
on and off for the past few years. I'm fascinated by artificial intelligence and robots. I enjoy building things, everything outdoors, and watching the World's Strongest Man Competitions on ESPN.
I experiment with embedded systems and I love to tinker with electronics and microprocessors like Parallax's Propeller and BasicStamp, Phidgets, StepperBoards, Rabbit microcontrollers, Arduinos and Atmel microcontrollers. I'm into home automation, automation in general, security systems and anything that runs Linux.