Ryan is a Ph.D. student at Rice University within Dr. Edward Knightly‘s Networks Group. He is one of the founders and CEO of Skylark Wireless, a wireless technology company that develops and supports software-defined radios and TV-band White Space (TVWS) equipment for last-mile broadband connectivity. Skylark Wireless is involved in the efforts of many groups around the world to develop and deploy TVWS networks, otherwise known by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as “Super WiFi.” With much lower costs than cellular and much longer range than WiFi, TVWS networks can close the last-mile connectivity gap separating billions of people around the world from easy, low-cost access to broadband Internet services.
Ryan got his start as developer and administrator for the Rice University/TFA Wireless Research Network in the Pecan Park neighborhood of Houston, and quickly developed a passion for embedded software-defined radio design. These days, Ryan spends his time building and testing broadband Multiple-In, Multiple-Out (MIMO) radio systems with an eye towards providing high-speed internet and data access to everyone around the world.
He is currently serving as PI to an NSF SBIR Phase I Grant, ”Tacet: High-Speed TV-Band White Space Networks with Implicit Multi-User Beamforming“ to develop high-speed TVWS networks with beam-forming technology.