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Ryaan Ahmed enjoys a varied career as an educator, software developer, and musician. He is a Senior Research Engineer and the Associate Director of the Programs in Digital Humanities at MIT, where his work focuses on connecting faculty research in the humanities, arts, and social sciences with students from engineering fields. Outside of his work at MIT, Ryaan has been involved in a number of technology startups, most recently as Cofounder and Chief Technology Officer of Artusi, a company creating interactive music theory and aural skills workbooks and textbooks. As a performer on guitars, lutes, and theorbo, Ryaan has worked with the Boston Early Music Festival, Welsh National Opera, English Touring Opera, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and many other early music groups and opera companies. Ryaan holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Harvard University and a master’s degree in Early Music from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied lute with Paul O’Dette and was supported by the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans.