An Interview with Dr.Ryan Wynne

Thoma Staff
Dr. Wynne is one of STACs most well known science professors. He teaches a variety of Bio and Chem courses at both the basic and advanced levels. Dr. Wynne received his B.A. in Biochemistry/Chemistry, with high honors, from East Stroudsburg University and his Ph.D. from Lehigh University. The Thoma staff caught up with him to gain his perspective on our questions!

Q: When did you start working at STAC, and what is the best part about your job?
A: I began working at STAC in 2008. The best part about my job are the students I get to work with in the sciences and the Honors Program. There are so many talented, respectable students that visit my office on a daily basis.

Q: What was your favorite and least favorite class in college? 
A: Perhaps surprising, my favorite class as a college student was an introductory acting class I took sophomore year. It was very different from any class I have ever taken as we had to act out scenes from numerous movies popular in the 90s. My least favorite was American History as it was a historian who would just talk the entire class.

Q: Favorite college memory?
A: My favorite memory of college was the day I graduated with a dual degree in Biochemistry/Chemistry. It was a huge endeavor.

Q: First Job?
A: My first job, which helped me get through college, was flipping burgers at a McDonald’s restaurant.

Q: Most used app?
A: My most used app is a tie between USA Today (how I get my news) and Facebook (how I get updates on my friends and former students).

Q: You just sold your tech start up for 10 million dollars! What’s the first thing you do with the money?
A: I would set sail with my family around the world (I love to travel). I have traveled across the globe to places like Hong Kong, Lisbon, Rome, Paris, London and all across the Caribbean.

Q: Out of all the classes you teach, do you have a favorite? 
A: My favorite class is Biochemistry as that is what my PhD is in. I love the hands on nature of my laboratories and when we get to play with some unique, expensive equipment!

Q: If someone made a movie about your life, which actor would you pick to play you? 
A: It would have to be Steve Carell. I look like him and, like Mr. Carell, I can be both serious and comedic at times.

Q: Any hobbies that people don’t know you have? 
A: I am an avid gamer. I own an Xbox One and love games like Arkham Knight and Assassins Creed. I may be teaching my son how to play Disney Infinity currently.

Q: Current movie, TV, or music obsessions you want to mention?
A: Not surprisingly, I am a nerd. I can not wait for the new Star Wars movie coming out in December. I am also a huge fan of the Big Bang Theory and, quite often, students come to my office and hear me listening to Maroon 5.

Q: If you were a candy, what candy would you be?
A: I got nothing for this…

Q: Best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
A: I’ll give you a quote: If it’s not fun, then why bother?

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