Ryan Porteous - Mechanical Engineering - Class of 2018
Ryan Porteous of San Diego, CA is a Mechanical Engineering Major expecting to graduate from UC Santa Barbara in 2018. In 2011, just two weeks into his freshman year, Ryan slipped on a boat dock and broke his neck at the C-6 level, leaving him partially paralyzed from the neck down. The rehabilitation process has been strenuous, but he’s slowly recovered some movement in his legs, enabling him to stand and walk with support. With the Swim with Mike scholarship, Ryan was able to return to UCSB and continue his studies as well as his athletic career. Using adaptive equipment, Ryan continues to exercise, surf, ski, swim and has returned to competitive sailing, even making the United States National Sailing Team as a skipper. This past summer Ryan represented the United States in sailing, taking 5th at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ryan is currently a member of the UCSB Triathlon Team and has found a new love for wheelchair rugby.