Ryan Garlick

Ryan Garlick
Clinical Associate Professor
Discovery Park F214
  • Education
    • PhD, Southern Methodist University, 2003.
      Major: Computer Science
    • MS, Texas State University, 1998.
      Major: Computer Science
    • BBA, University of Texas, 1995.
      Major: Finance
  • Biography

    Dr. Garlick has over 16 years of industry and academic experience. He is currently a faculty member at the University of North Texas in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. With full-stack expertise in e-commerce from both an academic and industry perspective, he regularly consults with industry on shopping cart development, payment gateways, e-commerce security, and integration with manufacturing, fulfillment, and shipping. Dr. Garlick teaches the Database, Internet Programming, IT Project Management, and Secure e-Commerce courses at UNT. He has broad expertise in web technologies, search, Android development, PHP, Java, and database-backed websites. Dr. Garlick has developed real estate financial software for calculating transactional closing costs and holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance, a PhD in Computer Science and an active Texas real estate license. Dr. Garlick was a principle in the National Geographic special ‘The Code Breakers’, and the 5-part History Channel series ‘The Hunt for the Zodiac Killer’.

    Dr. Garlick has extensive experience with patents relating to the web, search, and database fields. In the past three years, he has worked as a technical expert in many patent related matters, involving hundreds of hours of research, investigation, and study. He has been qualified as an expert by the Court, performed several code reviews, and given testimony by deposition and at trial. He has also helped counsel and Courts to understand technology that often seems arcane. In doing so, he has become familiar with, and actively worked with the legal principles that underlie claim interpretation in the transactional website and software development industries.

  • Research

    I am interested in development for mobile devices, meta-heuristics, secure electronic commerce, and engineering pedagogy.

  • Publications

    Secure e-Commerce

    • R.Garlick. Entrepreneurial Learning in a Secure e-Commerce Course through Creating Competitive Real-World Sites, International Conference on E-Commerce, E-Business and E-Service, 2014.

    Engineering Pedagogy

    • R.Garlick, and E. Celikel. Using ALICE in CS1 - A Quantitative Experiment, ITiCSE Innovation and Technology in CS Education, 2010.
    • R. Akl, D. Keathly, and R.Garlick. Strategies for Retention and Recruitment of Women and Minorities in Computer Science and Engineering, iNEER Special Volume: Innovations 2007- World Innovations in Engineering Education and Research, 2007.
    • R. Garlick, and R. Akl. Motivating and Retaining CS2 Students with a Competitive Game Programming Project, iNEER Special Volume: Innovations 2007- World Innovations in Engineering Education and Research, 2007.
    • Garlick, R. and Akl, R. Intra-Class Competitive Assignments in CS2: A One-Year Study, ISBN: 1-58874-649-6, Proceedings of ICEE 2006, San Juan, Puerto Rico, July 2006.
    • Akl, R., and Garlick, R. Retention and Recruitment of Women in Computer Engineering, ISBN: 1-58874-649-6,Proceedings of ICEE 2006, San Juan, Puerto Rico, July 2006.


    • Ryan Garlick and Richard Barr, Dynamic Wavelength Routing in WDM Networks via Ant Colony Optimization, Ant Algorithms, Springer-Verlag, September 2002.
    • Ryan Garlick and Khosrow Kaikhah, Variable Hidden Layer Sizing in Elman-Recurrent Neuro-Evolution, Applied Intelligence, Volume 12, Issue 3, May 2000, pp. 193-205