Dan Ryan, PE SE
President | Joined Ryan Engineering in 1989
Dan grew up working on engineering projects under the direction of his father, LD Ryan, the founder of Ryan Engineering. From an early age, he was busy building a log cabin, pouring concrete, welding trusses, fabricating machinery, and building houses and churches. He learned to draft by hand on a board in high school. Dan has been practicing engineering for over 25 years, working on a wide range of projects. In addition to structural engineering, he enjoys teaching and mentoring students. Dan is actively involved with a school teaching engineering technology in remote areas of Southeast Asia (Thailand and Myanmar). Teaching in these settings requires a lot of creative problem solving due to limited resources and cultural differences; simple things like access to power, machine shops, replacement parts, and construction materials cannot be taken for granted.
Toby Thompson, MSLE
CEO | Joined Ryan Engineering in 2000
Toby brings a variety of practical strengths to the Ryan Engineering team. He has worked in engineering, architectural design, construction, and management for over 35 years. Since joining the firm, Toby has held multiple engineering and management roles. In his current role as CEO, he provides leadership and administrative oversight for the company. Toby earned a degree in Biblical Studies and Christian Education from Emmaus Bible College, and two degrees from John Brown University: a bachelor’s degree in Building Construction Design and a Master’s degree in Leadership and Ethics.
Q+A with Toby
Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about? Play a twelve string guitar – Ran in the Boston Marathon
If you could live anywhere, where would it be? Right here near family and friends
What is your favorite game or sport to watch and play? Football – (Go Pittsburgh Steelers!)
Would you rather ride a bike, ride a horse, or drive a car? A bike ride across America (planning this for the summer of 2019)
What's the most daring thing you've ever done? Having 8 kids, Class 5+ white water rafting and Cycling from Arkansas to Florida
READINGThe Bible, Blink (Malcolm Gladwell)
LISTENING TOKids laughing, wind and rain, birds and dogs and music
WATCHINGSunrises, sunsets, the blooming of spring – amazing ever changing living artistry
CFO and Office Manager | Joined Ryan Engineering in 2007
Marcia is our Chief Financial Officer and Office manager. When people ask what she does at the company, Marcia most often says, “Well, I don’t do engineering”. Marcia acts as our accountant, bookkeeper, human resources specialist, advisor, and birthday dessert chef – clearly, she is the glue that holds our firm together! Marcia enjoys helping those she works with to do their jobs better by serving them in any way she can. She is often heard saying, “I’ll take care of it.”
Q+A with Marcia
If you could be anywhere other than here, right this minute, where would you be? Ireland
What are you happiest doing, when you’re not working? Cooking and hosting family and friends at my home.
If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to? 1776 – I love history, especially American history.
Are you a clean or messy person? Organized messy – don’t touch my piles
What's your favorite family tradition? Christmas morning – Breakfast and opening gifts with our kids
READINGIn the Company of Others – Jan Karon
LISTENING TOAn eclectic mix of everything from Walk Off the Earth and Jason Mraz to Fernando Ortega and Kathryn Scott
WATCHINGThe Final Season of Downton Abbey
Andrew Bradford, PE SE
Director | Joined Ryan Engineering in 2008
Andrew leads our Building Envelope Division at Ryan Engineering. He grew up on the gulf coast of Texas in the Houston metroplex and moved to Northwest Arkansas to complete a Bachelor of Engineering from John Brown University. Later, Andrew earned a Master of Science in Engineering from the University of Arkansas and became a licensed Professional and Structural Engineer. He has a diverse background in structural engineering and is an expert in architectural components of building envelope systems including blast-resistant glazing, commercial glazing, and flood mitigation systems.
Q+A with Andrew
If you could be anywhere other than here, right this minute, where would you be? Snorkeling on the northwest coast of Maui!
What are you happiest doing, when you're not working? Hanging out with my wife and doing almost anything outside…walking, running, playing sports, fishing, beekeeping, camping, hiking, kayaking – even yard work!
What is your favorite game or sport to watch and play? Tough call here…watch tennis, play soccer.
What's your favorite zoo animal? How could you pick just one?!
What's your favorite fast food chain? Chick-fil-a is the hands down winner in this category – after getting engaged, this is where my wife and I went to celebrate the occasion.
What's your favorite family tradition? Oreos – must be dipped in milk using a fork…I’ll let you figure out the details :) – on Christmas Eve with my wife!
READINGUndaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West
LISTENING TODavid Ramirez, Josh Garrels, and NPR.
WATCHINGPlanet Earth II, This Is Us, and True Detective.
Jacob Fisher, PE SE
Director | Joined Ryan Engineering in 2008
Jacob oversees our Structures Division at Ryan Engineering. He is experienced in a wide range of projects, including building design, industrial structures, and municipal engineering projects. Not only is Jacob a registered Professional and Structural Engineer, but he also offers hands-on experience in the construction industry. With this background, he brings a variety of practical strengths, technical skills, and innovative solutions to our team that enable us to deliver successful projects.
Q+A with Jacob
What’s your favorite fast food chain? Currently, it is a tossup between Raising Cane’s and Chic-fil-A.
If you could be anywhere other than here, right this minute, where would you be? Traveling somewhere that I have never been before and experiencing its unique culture.
What are you happiest doing when not at work? Spending time with my kids and re-experiencing the world with them as they learn and grow.
What is your favorite cuisine? North Indian Food
What is your favorite sport to watch? I love to watch College Football, preferably my alma mater… Mizzou!
READINGThe Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz
LISTENING TONPR Hidden Brain Podcast
WATCHINGChef’s Table, Better Call Saul
Brent Snyder, PE
Senior Engineer | Joined Ryan Engineering in 2007
Brent has extensive design experience with architectural components of building envelope systems. His primary areas of focus include curtainwall systems, flood barriers, embeds, guardrails, and glass analysis using MEPLA software. Brent has a Bachelor of Engineering from John Brown University and is a licensed Professional Engineer.
Q+A with Brent
Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about? I enjoy woodworking when my garage is clean enough to do it.
If you could be anywhere other than here, right this minute, where would you be? I enjoy traveling so someplace new would be fun on the other hand I really enjoyed our vacation to Maine and could do that again.
Flashback to when you were 10 years old. What do you want to be when you grow up? Umm I can’t remember last week.
If we went to happy hour, what would you order? Probably a Stout or a bourbon neat.
Would you rather vacation on the beach or in the snowy mountains, and why? I have done both and enjoyed both but more often would probably choose the mountains. I enjoy hiking and camping.
If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to? Back to when the Egyptians were building the Pyramids to see how they were actually doing it.
READINGI Met A Moose In Maine One Day
LISTENING TODan Carlin’s Hardcore History
Michael Wear, EI
Structural Designer | Joined Ryan Engineering in 2014
Michael was born in Oklahoma but grew up in Maryland and Arkansas. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Arkansas and joined Ryan Engineering following his May 2014 graduation. Michael’s primary focus is curtain wall and flood barrier systems.
Q+A with Michael
What's the most unusual thing you've ever eaten? Cabeza (cow head), lengua (cow tongue) and tripas (beef intestines). You can’t go wrong with extra crispy tripa tacos.
What's your favorite cuisine? Three way tie with sushi, Thai, and Indian. Authentic Mexican receives an honorable mention.
Are you a clean or messy person? Clean, but unorganized.
If you could hire someone to help you, would it be with cleaning, cooking, or yard work? Cleaning; Professional Organizer
What are you happiest doing, when you’re not working? Climbing and being outdoors in nature.
What do you want to make sure you do before you die? Skydive!
READINGHorseshoe Canyon Rock Climbing and Rock Climbing Arkansas (both by Cole Fennel and Fixed Pin Publishing)
LISTENING TOMy stomach growling… oh, and Rend Collective.
WATCHINGSeason 5 of Prison Break. Coincidentally, the main character in Prison Break, an architectural engineer, was my biggest influence to pursue structural engineering.
Danny Preut, EI
Structural Designer | Joined Ryan Engineering in 2017
Danny attended Kansas State University and in December 2016 received his Bachelor’s Degree in Architectural Engineering with a minor in Mandarin Chinese. Through the school chapter of Engineers Without Borders, Danny was involved in the design, coordination, and construction of a school building in Guatemala which was completed in October 2016.
Q+A with Danny
If you could join any past or current music group which would you want to join? James Taylor
Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Introvert
Is there anything you wished would come back into fashion? Plaid pants
What's the most unusual thing you've ever eaten? Cicada
What's your favorite family tradition? Making and of course eating a Mexican soup called “pozole” (“hominy” in Spanish) once a year when my family gets together. Everyone gets involved in the process, whether it be chopping vegetables, helping make the broth, or setting the table.
What's your favorite cuisine? Living in southwest China during middle school gave me a love for Chinese food. Some of my favorite dishes are dumplings, hot pot, and barbeque (shaokao).
READINGInto Thin Air by Jon Krauker
Assistant Administrative Manager | Joined Ryan Engineering in 2011
Following the completion of her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art and Illustration, Claire worked part time at Ryan Engineering and in a variety of other settings including a world-class art museum, a tourism company in Alaska, and an event planning company in Texas. In 2015, she returned to work full time at Ryan Engineering as an Assistant Administrative Manager. Claire’s art and design background, experience working directly with clients, detail-oriented nature, and versatile work experiences are perfectly suited for her position at Ryan Engineering. Her work includes processing accounts receivable, internal data and asset reporting, in-house marketing and design, and (if you ask her) everything except engineering.
Q+A with Claire
What would be your personal motto? "Do small things with great love" (Mother Teresa)
If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be? Frida Kahlo, Malala Yousafzai, Yogananda, and my Grandma Joyce
What's your favorite cuisine? I love all the variety in Southeast Asian cuisine.
What Kitchen appliance do you use every day? Coffee maker, usually my pour over. I am not a fully functional person without my coffee.
Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Neither, I would consider myself ambivert.
If you had a warning label, what would yours say? Warning: Gets Hangry - feed often.