GARDEN VALLEY — Graham Ryland, a 1999 graduate of Black Oak Mine Unified School District’s Independent Study Program, was awarded a National Science Foundation grant to continue the research and development of his novel robotic designs.
Raised in Garden Valley, Ryland graduated from high school at the age of 16. Following several years at Sierra College, he received a degree in mechanical engineering from California State University, Sacramento.
Ryland went on to get his master’s degree from UC Davis, focusing on robotics. While at CSU, Sacramento, he was a founding member of Competitive Robotics, which competed in several national BattleBot/RoboWars robotic competitions.
Currently, as president of Barobo Inc., Ryland develops robotics that are used as research platforms in educational environments.
He and his wife Natalie live in West Sacramento.