From NASA to Queen's
From NASA to Queen's

The Returners Series | Dr Ryan Milligan

From NASA to taking off at Queen’s

As part of our Returners Series, Dr Ryan Milligan tells his fascinating story of how he became a Lecturer in the Astrophysics Research Centre, Queen’s University Belfast.

Ryan went back to university as a mature student after stints working for his family fishing business and as an HGV driver. He got the opportunity to move to Washington to work at NASA post PHD and due to funding he found himself dividing his time between Washington and Belfast, moving 25 times in 9 years!

Ryan would encourage everyone to travel but with the idea of bringing back the experiences and creating opportunities for others. “You can’t replace where you grew up, there’ll always be that connection…it’s that feeling of home.”

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