Ryan Watson graduated with an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering in the spring of 2014. During his time as an undergraduate student he participated in several research projects spanning from solid oxide fuel cells to computer vision for the NASA Sample Return Centennial Challenge. Watson was also president of Engineers on Wheels, which is an organization that is dedicated to getting local middle school students interested in STEM careers.
Watson completed his master's degree in aerospace engineering in spring 2017. For his master's thesis, he implemented and validated tightly coupled inertial navigation into JPL's GNSS precise point positioning software, RTGx. He spent the summer of 2016 as a JPL intern.
When not in the classroom or research lab, Watson enjoys a myriad of activities. One of his biggest joys is snowboarding. He has been an avid snowboarder for the past 10 years. Watson also enjoys reading. Some of his favorite authors include Allen Ginsburg, Tom Robbins, Aldous Huxley and Albert Camus.