Ryan Hearty teaches in the Center for Leadership Education’s Professional Communication Program. He obtained his bachelor’s and master’s in electrical engineering and PhD in History of Science and Technology from Johns Hopkins University. As an engineer at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Hearty built radio communications hardware for NASA’s Parker Solar Probe. As a historian, he has studied collaborations across disciplines of engineering and applied science since the 1930s. His doctoral dissertation analyzed the rise and development of water quality management, a multidisciplinary field of applied science, from the New Deal to the Clean Water Act.