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Neil D. Ryan

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PhD Student, University of Washington  |

I'm a 3rd year PhD student in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering working with Amy J. Ko. Presently, my research interests are centered around career decisions made by students in computing, and what factors inform those decisions. I get excited/angry about a whole bunch of things, including metacognition, queer theory, surveillance capitalism, political identity, the role of computing in society, and problem selection. I'm working to change the narrative around computing (currently vying for the most ubiquitous trade) from "something that software engineers do when they move fast and break things" to "a tool that can create profound societal change that must be used as a force for liberation".
Before I started my research in computing education, I was a graduate student in Computer Architecture, working in Micheal Taylor's Bespoke Silicon Group and Brandon Lucia's Abstract Research Group before that. I received my Bachelor's and Master's in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.