A former Asperger computer student from Mochdre will receive the title of doctor
AN EX-Coleg Llandrillo student who refuses that Asperger’s syndrome is an obstacle to his success will soon be awarded a doctorate and will be allowed to use the title of “Dr”.
The future Dr Ryan Ward has successfully defended his thesis and will soon obtain a doctorate in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Liverpool.
He will continue to work at the university in a post-doctoral research position as a project engineer.
Ryan, whose family home is in Mochdre, left Coleg Llandrillo in 2014 after earning D*D*D* in his BTEC L3 Extended degree in Computer Science.
He then secured a place at Bangor University, graduating top of his class in 2018 with an honors degree in Computer Science.
While at Bangor, he won the Dr Jan Abas Award and was also named a finalist for the Dr John Robert Jones Award for Highest Overall Academic Achievement University-Wide.
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He then immediately secured a four-year PhD internship at the University of Liverpool, researching virtual reality, synesthesia and human-computer interfaces in its department of cognitive psychology and electrical and electronic engineering.
He successfully defended his thesis in a Viva final exam for a doctorate in electronics and electrical engineering, and all is well, will soon be Dr. Ryan Ward.
Ryan, whose father Patrick works in the athletic department at the college’s Rhos-on-Sea campus, has a patent pending and has been published in various academic journals over the past four years, including the prestigious journal ” Nature” in 2020.
He also presented one of his papers at the IMRF 2022 conference, in Ulm, Germany.
He originally enrolled at Coleg Llandrillo after spending a year in sixth form at his school, finding that the learning environment there did not meet his needs.
After joining college, he quickly discovered that he had an exceptional aptitude for computer coding.