Maj Ryan Engle, Assistant Professor of Systems Engineering

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Major Ryan Engle is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Systems Engineering and Management at the Air Force Institute of Technology. He researches data storage and retrieval systems, cyber security, modeling and simulation, quantum-based communications, and software-defined radio applications. Additionally, he teaches courses in software engineering and cyber security.

Major Engle began his Air Force career in 2000 as an enlisted Technical Applications Specialist working as a measurements and signatures intelligence analyst at the National Air & Space Intelligence Center. In 2007, he earned a degree in Computer Engineering and commissioned through AFROTC as part of the Airmen’s Education and Commissioning Program.

As a commissioned officer, Major Engle has worked as a developmental engineer. He honed his computer and systems engineering expertise while working in mission planning software test and evaluation, electronic warfare operations, and logistics management systems assignments. In 2011, Major Engle deployed and led the mission planning cell for a manned ISR platform. His latest assignment involved editing and reviewing the curriculum for the Defense Institute of Security Cooperation Studies.

 Major Engle attended AFIT as an in-residence Master’s student pursuing a Systems Engineering degree. During this time, his research focused on developing a quantum key distribution (QKD) modeling and simulation framework. Immediately afterward, Major Engle entered a doctoral program. Initially his research extended the QKD framework’s error correction capability, but ultimately he developed an evaluation methodology for data storage and retrieval systems. Major Engle’s work contributed to a JUON effort for an unmanned aircraft system.


Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, 2007

Master of Science in Systems Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, 2015

Doctor of Philosophy in Systems Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, 2018

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