Randy Ryan’s research focuses on developing agricultural energy production crops and technologies for the use in the ARID Southwest. One current research endeavor focuses on the development and deployment of algae production in the novel Aquaculture Raceway Integrated Design (ARID) (patent pending). ARID is a low cost (CAPEX), Low Energy (OPEX) sustainable agriculture adapted production platform that has high output of algae year around. A native of Arizona, with a BS in microbiology and MS in Molecular Biology (Botany) from Arizona State University, Ryan has been it the UA 23 years and has worked on numerous plant and microbial genetic engineering projects over the past 28 years as well as teaching numerous classes and workshops on Plant Tissue Culture and Molecular Biotechnology. In his service capacity to the UA, Ryan has built out over $400 million in research facilities worldwide.