Danny Ryan is an researcher who currently works at the Ethereum Foundation. He is also known for his contributions to Ethereum 2.0 upgrade which aims to improve the network's scalability and security
Ryan received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and began working as a software engineer before joining the Ethereum Foundation as a researcher.
He is also a co-founder of the educational resource provider Bison Trails and has been actively involved in the Ethereum community for several years, regularly giving talks and presentations at industry events. Ryan is widely respected in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space for his technical expertise and contributions to the development of Ethereum.
He learned about Bitcoin in college but became truly interested in cryptocurrency and Ethereum before its launch. In 2016, he contributed code to a few public repositories and started a New Orleans meetup group before being hired by the Ethereum Foundation.
In 2020, Ryan was instrumental in coordinating and pushing developers for the Ethereum 2.0 launch. He oversaw the release of multiple testnets and completed audits sucsessfully, while also investigating and fixing significant issues with participation and client bugs. The Ethereum 2.0 launch was successful on Dec. 1, marking a significant milestone in Ryan's career.
Ryan also contributed to implementing cutting-edge sharding technology in Ethereum as well as to transition of the existing Ethereum blockchain to proof-of-stake.