ACS is pleased to welcome Ryan Powers to our employee family. Ryan is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in computer science engineering. He is assigned to the Product Development Group, led by Howie Brooks.
Born and raised in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, Ryan has always had an interest in technology. As a child, his parents soon learned to let him take care of the technical stuff at home as he had an aptitude for it. When he took his first computer programming class at the University of Michigan, he made up his mind that computer programming was the career for him.
One of Ryan’s favorite aspects of programming is that you are free to try out your ideas within the safe confines of a controlled setting. Developing in a test environment, programmers can experiment and explore ways to do things and make sure they work before they impact actual production.
Ryan also made room in his college days for music—playing cymbals in the marching band for five football seasons. Interestingly enough, Ryan reports that engineering is the most common major among marching band members, at nearly 30%. Ryan received three different scholarships through his band activities, including one for Outstanding Leadership and Contribution to the Band, which was awarded based on votes of the band staff.
Ryan lives in Ann Arbor and still has a lot of friends at the university. In his spare time, he enjoys video games and snow-boarding.