A native of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Riley attended Whitman College where he earned a B.A. in Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology (BBMB) before moving to South Bend to continue his education at the University of Notre Dame, where he earned an M.S. in Engineering, Science, and Technology Entrepreneurship (ESTEEM).
Riley previously worked as an Ocular Laboratory Technician for an eye bank in New York City and as a Research Assistant at Washington State University, where he helped characterize the biochemical pathways involved in sleep regulation. He is passionate about the intersection of health sciences, innovative technologies, and entrepreneurship. While at Notre Dame, he co-founded two startups including his current venture, heARsight, which is developing innovative accessibility technology for individuals who are d/Deaf and hard of hearing. In addition to heARsight, Riley currently works as an Innovation Fellow at enFocus, focusing on projects that are aimed at growing the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem.