Ryan Torbey

Ryan Torbey

Project Specialist

Ryan Torbey is a computer science education advocate and former technology teacher. He is employed at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) as a Project Specialist as he pursues his PhD in STEM Education at the University of Texas. His research focuses on the proliferation of K-12 computer science education in the United States. He has deep experience helping teachers, schools, and districts deliver extraordinary computer science education.

Ryan currently works on two large-scale, NSF-funded projects for TACC. Accelerating Women's Success and Mastery in Computer Science is a CSforALL Research Practitioner Partnership aimed at addressing the gap between female and male participation in computer science classes in grades 6 through 12. Additionally, Ryan works on the Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance, which seeks to increase the number and diversity of students in the pipeline to computing and computing-intensive degrees by supporting state-level computing education reforms.

Areas of Research

K-12 Computer Science Education

Current Projects

Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance

Accelerating Women's Success and Mastery in Computer Science (AWSM in CS)

Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance

Code.org CS Fundamentals and CS Discoveries Professional Development

Selected Publications/Conferences

Torbey, R., Martin, N.D., Warner, J.R, Fletcher, C.L. (2020). Algebra I Before High School as a Gatekeeper to Computer Science Participation. SIGCSE ‘20 Proceedings of the 51st ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education.

Warner, J.R., Fletcher, C.L., Torbey, R., Garbrecht, L.S., (2019). Increasing Capacity for Computer Science Education in Rural Areas through a Large-Scale Collective Impact Model. SIGCSE '19 Proceedings of the 50th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, 1157-1163.

Torbey, R. (2018). Expanding CS Education: Reflecting on a Year of Progress. CSTA Voice, 14(2), 12.


M.Ed, Elementary Education
University of New Mexico

B.S., Marketing
Tulane University

Memberships/Professional Affiliations

CS4TX, President

CSTA Central Texas, President,

TCEA, Member