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Dru spent over 10 years in IT and aviation industries. His experience includes working on Wall St with JP Morgan/Chase in their technology unit to research projects with Boeing, IBM, Lockheed Martin, the FAA and NASA. Beyond research and development, Dru's duties included leading cross-functional teams, creating and delivering computer based training for air traffic controllers and airline operators and writing code for various projects. He has been recognized for optimizing decision making between aviation stakeholders, through information sharing and knowledge management, saving the traveling public millions of minutes in delay time. Dru has also worked as a consultant for the United States Patent Office as a technology trainer and as a math curriculum writer for an online education firm. After spending several years working in IT and aviation, Dru decided it was a time for change and transitioned into the field of education. Since 1999, he has taught as an adjunct professor with George Mason University and the University of the District of Columbia. His course offerings include statistics, multimedia studies, communication, and an interdisciplinary course on Hip-Hop Studies. Many of Dru's courses have used a blended approach, where online and classroom learning are both used to satisfy course requirements. Dru also has experience in K-12 -- teaching math, technology and music to middle and high school students, and has worked with the University of Maryland’s Gear-Up Program. Dru holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from SUNY-Binghamton University, a master's degree in systems engineering with a concentration in computer-based systems from George Mason University. He has published several scholarly articles in the fields of aviation, knowledge management, and group decision making and has been quoted locally by the Washington Post and Washington Times and as far away as Brazil and Australia.

Work experience

Book Reviewer

Various Publishing Companies
Jan 2009Present

Coordinator, Center for Teaching and Learning

Montgomery College
Mr. Andrew "Dru" Ryan fills a vital need for the Center for Teaching and Learning as we embark on an ambitious plan to work with faculty to build a faculty professional development program that will support collegewide efforts to increase the use of technology in our learning spaces. Dru's great passions include working directly with faculty and instructional support staff to effectively and innovatively integrate technology into the learning environment and eliminating or minimizing factors that may preclude faculty from using technology as a tool to engage students in their own learning.
Jul 2007Present

Manager, Technology Training and Learning Resources [by day]

Montgomery College
Sep 2006Present

Curriculum Coordinator, Gear-Up

University of Maryland, College Park
Jan 2005Present


University of the District of Columbia
Dec 2004Present

Editor in Chief/Founding DIrector

Journal of Hip-Hop/Hip-Hop Matters
Jan 2004Present


Me Myself and I
Working on "The Responsible Use of Hip-Hop in the Classroom" . .. to be published in 2009. Have written pieces on Hip-Hop for various publications and have been widely quoted in newspapers in the United States and abroad.
Sep 1998Present


George Mason University

CTL Corrdinator

Montgomery College
Jan 2007Jun 2007

Curriculum Specialist

Apr 2005Jun 2007


Friendship Public Charter School
Sep 2005Apr 2006

Consultant, Instructional Designer

May 2000Dec 2004

Programmer/Aviation Researcher/Project Manager

Metron Aviation


Metron Aviation
Jun 1998Jan 2000

Information Technology Specialist

Jan 1997May 1998

Computer Programmer

Lockheed Martin
Jun 1994Aug 1996

Inroads Intern

Chase Manhattan Corporation
[summers only]




George Mason University

State University of New York at Binghamton