Ryan Dion Taylor was born in Inglewood, California. He is a student at the University of California, Davis, where he is studying Chemical Physics with a minor in Energy Science and Technology. Prior to graduating transferring from Bakersfield Community College, he spent four years studying engineering and working as an engineering assistant at Chevron Corporation in one of the heavy oil fields located in Bakersfield, California. Since transferring to UC Davis, Ryan has been involved in a variety of academic and extracurricular activities including research in energy and nanochemistry, volunteer speaking at youth events and advising community action plans representing the African Diaspora at the University. Ryan has been recognized by the African Continuum and UC Davis Black Student Achievement Committee of UC Davis as the 2013 Transfer of the Year as well as a Sam C. Allen African and African American Rising Star. Ryan has also recently published research through the Department of Chemistry at UC Davis which has been formally recognized by the highly renowned American Chemical Society Journal of Physical Chemistry.
Ryan is has previously served in leadership positions representing the Western Region (Region VI) of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE a 501c3 nonprofit organization), an organization that he has been a member of since 2010. The National Society of Black Engineers is committed to increasing the number of culturally responsible engineering who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community. Throughout his leadership journey in NSBE, he has served in many capacities from peer advising to financial planning and negotiations with companies. Currently he serves as the Director of the Energy Special Interest Group within NSBE and is responsible for leading a team of
10 individuals devoted to developing programming related to energy education, domestic and international projects and corporate relationships.