Ryan Rusnak, Apr 2017 (reported to Ryan at Executive Office of the President)
Ryan Harvey is one of the smartest guys I have ever worked with. We have white boarded and collaborated on machine learning problems, monte carlo simulations and even the application that assembles the federal budget. Just never be on the other end of an interview from him and claim you are an expert at SQL!
Dan Chandler, Oct 2016 (worked with Ryan at Executive Office of the President)
Ryan is without reservation the best IT Architect I have ever known. His vast knowledge of the IT industry is unparalleled and he is able to effectively apply this knowledge to effectively address the business needs of an organization. Ryan's skill, talent, and dedication make him an invaluable asset to any team lucky enough to have him.
Alexandra Screven, Aug 2015 (mentored by Ryan at Data Wranglers DC)
Ryan is the best mentor I could ever ask for, not only in programming through Data Wranglers, but also in general time management and prioritizing. Basically, he's the Beyonce of the data science world. Always remind yourself that you have the same amount of hours in a day as Ryan Harvey... Stop complaining and make stuff happen.
Alen Kirkorian, Nov 2014 (worked with Ryan at Kitchology Inc.)
Ryan focuses on the bigger picture -- not just the bandaid. He's a great developer and manager and would be my first choise for implementing a solution that can scale from a small size to supporting an enterprise wide solution.
Paul Donohue, Nov 2013 (worked with Ryan at Executive Office of the President)
Ryan is an excellent project manager. His personality and enthusiasm make him a great collaborator, his drive and dedication help push projects in good directions, and he is not afraid to get his hands dirty and directly apply his extensive knowledge to get the job done. He consistently amazes me with the number of different things he manages to juggle simultaneously, yet somehow he excels on all of them, and still manages to be detail-oriented.
Alain Briancon, Nov 2013 (managed Ryan at Kitchology Inc.)
Ryan is a key contributor to Kitchology a Maryland based startup providing a web/mobile data platform for families with dietary needs balance between nutrition, time and money. At the core of Kitchology is a series of database and ontology library that is used for connecting consumer activities. Because the usage models of this system is not set in stone, we need to architect the platform with the right level of flexibility and foresight for both use by consumer and operation by Kitchology. This is where Ryan shines. Ryan brings a unique blend of engineering and architectural design for data-centric and algorithm-centric systems along real-life experience in deploying and operating systems. Ryan is often the voice of reason when we make decisions that solve short term problems but might create problems in the long term. He does that for analytics, debugging process, design of database, choice of encoding mechanisms, interface to wireless systems, among others. Ryan has a good insight for database complexity and architecture. He has a encycopledic knowledge of services and tools from third parties that should be used as a buy (rather than a make). Ryan has tremendous work ethics, putting long hours to help move design and redesign along. He is willing to take on the dirty non glamorous tasks on behalf of others.
Matthew Dantas-McCutcheon, Nov 2013 (reported to Ryan at Executive Office of the President)
Ryan is fundamentally curious, fiercely fastidious and resourceful in solving real, hard problems, managing talented teams, and building great software. He has a passion for bringing open source, big data and best-in-industry practices to bear on revolutionizing the tools that make the federal government work. His talents encompass architecting software, mentoring, translating user needs into features, and managing time and development resources to ship quality software. Besides being extremely technically capable, Ryan is genuinely kind and warm human being. He is a pleasure to work for and knows how to inspire his team and allow them to build great things. His many and diverse interests - big data, Japanese, jazz, health, and advanced mathematics to name just a few - not only make him a fascinating and delightful person to talk to, but also inform his broad curiosity for and ability to solve hard business and technical problems. I recommend Ryan strongly for the IT manager position of his choosing at the front lines of innovation in government, commercial software, or academia. He is a complete, all-around asset to any team fortunate to have him.
Janisa LaSalle, May 2014 (reported to Ryan at Executive Office of the President)
Ryan has a great deal of knowledge in various areas. This includes Design, Front-end Development, Back-end Development, Database Development, Project Management and Agile Processes (and many more). This level of expertise has been very instrumental in leading a diverse IT team. Not only does it help him to appropriately delegate tasks but he also understands the estimated Level of Effort it will take to complete tasks. If needed, he has no problem writing code or database queries to help the team succeed. He is able to communicate with all members of the team and upper management by "speaking their language". It is no surprise that Ryan has a passion for education. He is always researching the latest tools as well as studying the historical trends of technology. He also encourages learning to everyone around him. He participates in various technology meet-ups and major conferences to stay ahead of the curve. He has taken on larger tasks by conducting training to colleges and upper management on Web Accessibility and by participating in various presentations, where he informed clients of the web-based tools provided by OMB.
Robert Mann, Nov 2013 (reported to Ryan at Executive Office of the President)
Ryan has shown himself to be very knowledgeable of many different technologies and practices and is committed to finding the best solution for a given problem. He is willing to shoulder more responsibility to move the project and organization in the right direction. Perhaps most important is his accessibility. Whether work-related or not, I know that I can always approach him for insight into something I am working on.
Ephraim Feig, Oct 2013 (managed Ryan at Social Security Administration)
Ryan was one of our Hardy-Apfel Fellows at Social Security. That, by itself, says a lot. He is smart, dedicated, fun and somebody you want close when confronting tough challenges. He can think broadly and dig deep into the details. I definitely enjoyed having him around at SSA.
Haffiz Momodu, Mar 2011 (worked with Ryan at Social Security Administration)
Ryan is an exceptionally gifted individual complimented with a confident and composed demeanor. In my association with him, he is one of the most perceptive and forward-thinking technical professional I have come across. He is a natural leader whose skills encompass both the technical know how and managerial abilities. Since Ryan joined Social Security Administration (SSA) - he has been instrumental in planning, reengineering, and developing the Agency's strategic plans. He has worked in numerous complex and mission critical assignments such as strategizing and planning for the health IT initiatives, business process reengineering, and the development of the SSA long-term vision. Above all, he has a very pleasant disposition and energetic personality. I highly recommend him.
John Wan, Mar 2011 (worked with Ryan at Social Security Administration)
I have the pleasure of knowing Ryan personally in several different capacities, and have always known him to be a confident and intelligent individual. His thirst for knowledge and the keen awareness of the latest technical trends and innovations is rare. I know that both his professional and scholastic experiences will make him an excellent resource for any organization.
Karen Palm, Mar 2011 (mentored Ryan at Social Security Administration)
Ryan has a lot of experience working with executives and explaining very technical issues in ways they understand. His presentation skills to audiences of all levels are superb.
Sivasankar Kande, Mar 2011 (worked with Ryan at Social Security Administration)
I worked with Ryan in the same group over two years. I have found him to be a pleasant, generous person who is never afraid to take on a challenging task. He has been one of our most dedicated employees. Ryan is an independent, self directed person who is able to communicate effectively and meet even the most demanding challenges. During his tenure here, he set an unprecedented record in applying the Health IT for streamlining the disability determiniation process. I highly recommend him.
Sonny Hashmi, Feb 2011 (attended the University of Maryland Innovation Management program with Ryan)
I met Ryan while attending the University of Maryland - Masters Certificate in Innovation Management program. Ryan and I have stayed in touch since our time at UMD. I have found Ryan to be an exceptionally brilliant individual with a passion for making a positive difference through his work. Ryan is motivated and engaging and challenges his colleagues to think outside the box. I would welcome the opportunity to work with Ryan and feel that he would make an excellent and highly valuable addition to any organization.
Carlson T, Feb 2011 (worked with Ryan at Social Security Administration)
Ryan is an intelligent and dedicated professional. Something of a polymath, he is well-versed in a variety of subjects and proficient at many activities: mathematics, computing, systems engineering, Japanese culture and history, music, and more. His intense engagement in the problem at hand and his tendency to dig for the broader or deeper view makes him invaluable in problem solving sessions. When brainstorming, Ryan's many and varied ideas ensure a divergent collection of potential solutions. He is a proficient speaker and communicates well in writing. He is able to craft his language to audiences from front line individuals to academics to top-level executives. As an added benefit, Ryan is fun to work with and sure to lighten the atmosphere during crunch times. I highly recommend him for his work.
Steven Young, Feb 2011 (worked with Ryan at Social Security Administration)
Ryan has an infectious enthusiastic attitude and a laser focus on strategic and innovative thinking. During my time in the Hardy-Apfel IT Fellows program, Ryan lead a program to bring individuals from the fellows program together with executive decision makers to present ideas and foster innovation. He carefully engineered a nurturing academic environment that encouraged the exploration of creative new ideas while providing a direct communications channel to C-level decision makers.
Jason Fichtner, Feb 2011 (managed Ryan at Social Security Administration)
Ryan is a smart and dedicated professional with the ability to think creatively and constructively to solve large-scale IT challenges. The Social Security Administration has less than 10 slots per year for the prestigious Hardy-Apfel IT Fellowship. The program is designed to fill a gap in government information technology hiring by targeting the top IT schools in the country. Selected candidates are provided rotational leadership experiences throughout the Social Security Administration and have access to the Agency's upper-level executive leadership team. The candidates are selected based on their overall IT skills, ability to think differently and creatively about how to solve large-scale government information technology challenges, as well as demonstrate a commitment to service. Acting as the #2 official for the Agency, I was on the selection committee that offered Ryan a Fellowship. Ryan exhibits all of these characteristics and is an excellent IT professional. We developed a professional relationship that continues to this day. While Ryan will surely excel in any career path he chooses, I personally hope he stays in public service. The government needs people like Ryan Harvey.
Sharon Roushdy, Nov 2008 (worked with Ryan at University of Maryland)
I am very happy to recommend Ryan. During the two years he worked for us as a GA, he was extremely capable and very motivated to learn, explore, and tackle every challenge given to him. In addition, he was dependable and, simply, lots of fun to work with.
James Tanis, Dec 2008 (attended University of Maryland PhD program with Ryan)
Ryan is an expert computer scientist and is doing very interesting work for his PhD thesis on dimensionality reduction. He is also a talented teacher, which I know from first-hand experience. I am happy to recommend him for his graduate work.
Maria Calzada, Nov 2008 (taught Ryan at Loyola University New Orleans)
Ryan was on top of the class. He is bright, engaged and hard working. His work was always first class. He is one of those people you do not hesitate to recommend for anything.