Ryan Torbey is a researcher at AIR serving in the Educators and Instruction program area. He is an advocate for expanding computer science education in K-12 schools and believes that every student should learn the foundations of computer programming. At AIR, Dr. Torbey contributes to Wyoming Computer Science Micro-Credential Courses for Elementary Teachers, CS for All Teachers, and several other CS-focused projects.
In the past decade, Dr. Torbey has broadened participation in computing through his work as a K-8 technology teacher, professional development provider, consultant, and researcher. He has spurred systemic change in Texas through his work as co-founder of CS4TX, a statewide initiative to expand computer science education. In 2021, he was one of the inaugural winners of the Cognizant Foundation's Innovation in Computer Science Education Awards. Prior to joining AIR, Dr. Torbey served as a Regional Manager for the Microsoft Philanthropies TEALS Program.
Ph.D., STEM Education, The University of Texas at Austin