Texas Tech University

Young Distinguished Engineer 2015

Ryan Hanford is from Lubbock, Texas, where he graduated from Coronado High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering technology from Texas Tech University in 2003. During his time on campus, he was the ritual chairman for the local chapter of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity and completed internships at Ethicon, Inc., Gary and Products Company, and three co-op tours with Johnson and Johnson. After completing his degree, he attended the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University where he received his MBA focusing in finance and management.


Along with completing his masters, Hanford spent his first 11 years of his career with Baker Hughes Incorporated in Houston, Texas. At Baker Hughes he started as a field engineer in Hobbs, New Mexico, and worked his way up to be a drilling operations advisor. During this time he also came out with a U.S. Patent (786109) and a U.S. Patent Application Pending (20120255784).

In the beginning of 2014, Hanford began his career with National Oilwell Varco as an executive sales team lead where he led a successful sales and entrance strategy for NOV Downhole bits and tools, while managing all drilling operator accounts for the Gulf of Mexico continental shelf. Currently, he is the product development and commercialization manager for NOV. He is responsible for managing a team that performs various job efforts for NOV's Process Automation System.

Hanford continues to demonstrate great leadership and passion for Texas Tech by serving on the Young Guns Executive Committee as the engineering technology department representative and the first chairman of the organization's executive committee in 2012. He has also given back to the university by creating the Ryan Hanford Engineering Enhancement Endowment.