Mike Ryan

Research Associate II


Mike Ryan is a researcher at Georgia Tech's Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC). Mike’s background is in science education, and his expertise is in the design and use of project-based learning strategies to target standards-based science learning. Mike has taught K-12 physics, physical science, and earth science. He has designed, conducted and evaluated hundreds of teacher professional development presentations, workshops and series for more than 15 years in multiple states.
Currently, Mike serves as the Co-Principal Investigator for the NSF-funded project Science Learning  Integrating Design, Engineering and Robotics (SLIDER). The project’s main goal is to investigate the use of robotics to help students learn physics. Mike oversees curriculum development and teacher professional learning, while also designing research methods, assessments, and strategy for SLIDER. Mike also serves in a similar capacity as a senior personnel on another NSF-funded project, Advanced Manufacturing and Prototyping Integrated to Unleash Potential (AMP-IT-UP).
Mike has co-lead research and development of online learning. Through work originally funded by NASA, Mike designs and facilitates online learning courses in PBL for educators, incorporating the best practices for both online and face-to-face learning. From 2007-2009, Mike served as the co-director of student programs at CEISMC, where he oversaw the design and delivery of 30-40 annual K-12 academic enrichment programs.
Prior to CEISMC, Mike worked for 10 years as a researcher in the College of Computing at Georgia Tech on a PBL research project known as Learning By Design. The culmination of this was the publishing of the comprehensive middle school science textbook series Project-Based Inquiry Science (PBIS). The 15-book series provides three-years of project-based inquiry curriculum that employs engineering design solutions to everyday problems and questions, and has been adopted in states across the nation. Mike served as an author and lead developer for this project.