Ryan Young

BA, Social Sciences, San Diego State University
Office: 
McClelland Park 301

Other Information

Coursework and Applied Learning Projects

  • AREC 559 – Advanced Applied Econometrics
    • Completed a course project that answered a business problem provided from American Express using data provided by the company.
    • Exercised SAS coding and analysis techniques to process data for econometric model specification to create a predictive model for American Express.
  • MIS 545 – Data Mining for Business Intelligence
    • Used data mining techniques --- classification, clustering, association rule mining, visualization, prediction --- through a group project that analyzed “AirBnB” data for discovering rich and interesting patterns that can bring value to the business.
    • Utilized R programming techniques to identify patterns in “Big Data” using skills developed in the lab assignments from class.
  • AREC 549 – Applied Econometric Analysis
    • Econometric model-building, estimation, simulation for problems and application with actual data and models emphasized.
    • Converted SAS program code to R code as an independent study project for course professor to provide future students with additional learning opportunities.
  • AREC  516 - Microeconomics of Agricultural Development
    • Performed a linear regression and econometric modeling of USAID survey data to analyze the female head of household impact on positive food security outcomes.
    • Economics of farm- and household-level decision making, study input and output markets, technology adoption and social economics in lower-income countries.
  • AREC  575 - Economic Evaluation of Water and Environmental Policy    
    • Theory and application of economic concepts needed to law and policies; including benefit cost analysis, externalities, public goods and valuation methodologies.
  • AREC  504 - Production Economics 
    • Theory of the firm and industry; single and multiple products; risk and uncertainty.
  • AREC  513 - Consumption Economics and Price Analysis
  • AREC  548 - Introduction to Statistical Methods in Economics
  • AREC  580 - Mathematics for Economists

Research and Graduate Assistantship Contributions

  • Assisted Dr. Bonnie Colby with research on water transactions, tribal water negotiations, courses taught on campus to students, and a co-lead a professional development session for local high school economics teachers interested in Energy and Resource economics.
  • Co-Authored an article published in Western Economic Forum, “Tribal Water settlements: Economic innovations for addressing water conflicts”.
  • Created an online Database of Tribal Water Agreements identifying characteristics commonly found in the agreements and detailed the specific articulation of these characteristics for each tribe.
    • Link: to come

Paul D. Coverdell U.S. Peace Corps Fellow Accomplishments

  • Assisted in recruitment for U.S. Peace Corps at various campus events throughout the year.
  • Volunteered for community service at Tucson High School Greenhouse, Las Milpitas Community Garden, 4th Avenue Street Fair, and Cyclovia Tucson.
  • Successfully requested funding from Dean and Assistant Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for annual campus Peace Corps Fair.
  • Sat on a discussion panel as a speaker for an academic course on International Development.
  • Created an information page highlighting AREC program alumni who were also Returned Peace Corps Volunteers.

Thesis Title

Tribes, Water, and Economic Characteristics of the Western U.S.

Initial Placement

Raytheon

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV) Country of Service

Cambodia

RPCV Service Years

2009-2011

RPCV Service Sector

English Teacher and Teacher Trainer

Why would you recommend that an RPCV join our M.S. program?

The MS-AREC Program is highly supportive of the diverse academic, professional, and personal backgrounds of each student that is accepted into the program. This atmosphere allows you to grow as a researcher and/or professional in the field that you are interested in working in.

Photographs from Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Experience

Ryan Young photo from Cambodia as a Peace Corps volunteer, image of green grounds, image 1.
Ryan Young photo from Cambodia as a Peace Corps volunteer, image 2.
Ryan Young photo from Cambodia as a Peace Corps volunteer, looking towards the ocean, image 3.
Ryan Young photo from Cambodia as a Peace Corps volunteer with a group standing in peace, image 4.
Ryan Young photo from Cambodia as a Peace Corps volunteer with a large, joyful group sharing a meal, image 5
Ryan Young photo from Cambodia as a Peace Corps volunteer shoveling earth, image 6.
Ryan Young photo from Cambodia as a Peace Corps volunteer shoveling earth, image 6.