Few individuals can claim to be changing the face of UNF. Ryan Fryman can make the claim convincingly, having been involved in some of the largest construction projects in UNF history.
Fryman, who is a project manager and partner with TLC Engineering for Architecture, has been involved with the construction of the Student Union, the newest residence hall, Osprey Fountains, the new home for the College of Education and Human Services and the addition to the Thomas Carpenter Library. And this doesn't include the work he has done for the University of Florida, Jacksonville University and Florida Community College at Jacksonville.
One of the first graduates of UNF's electrical engineering program, Fryman admits he is very goal-oriented and credits UNF with helping him establish the network which was instrumental in his early success. Networking or marketing as he prefers to call it, is one of his two main job responsibilities at TLC. He promotes the company with potential clients such as UNF while also working with architects to target upcoming projects. The second major part of his job involves project management in which he leads a team of engineers and designers from all disciplines as well as being the electrical engineer of record for the electrical portion of jobs.
Fryman's road to a successful engineering career started with the Navy where he served six years as an electronics technician. After being discharged and doing some course work at FCCJ, he enrolled at UNF. He fondly recalls some of his favorite professors, including Dr. Jay Huebner, and his involvement as a student with the Engineering Advisory Council (EAC). "I didn't realize it then, but I was learning a lot about how I would be doing my job."
After graduation he worked for the Stellar Group for five years, mostly on out-of-town projects, and spent two years with John Searcy & Associates before focusing on projects in Jacksonville and the surrounding area by joining TLC in 2002.
It didn't take him long to decide he wanted to give other students that same help he received. "The EAC was one of the best organizations for my career. I wanted other students to have that opportunity as well." He has also been involved with UNF's strategic plan for engineering education in Northeast Florida. Another UNF connection is Fryman's wife Jean, who is also a UNF alum who graduated with a bachelor's degree in communications in 1989 and now works as the K through 12 Outreach Director for the School of Engineering. They have two children.
Helping students at UNF is only one aspect of Fryman's efforts to give back to the community. He is also a mentor in the ACE Mentor Program of Northeast Florida Inc. The program's mission is to increase the awareness of high school students to careers in architecture, construction and engineering.
This civic involvement as a mentor and his UNF involvement with the EAC mean Fryman has frequent contact with young people. He said he is proud to have a job allowing him to help with the development of the UNF campus as well as helping with the development of students. "I want other students to have the same opportunities I received."
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