Ronnie graduated from Texas A&M University Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and is pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Colorado – Boulder. While at Texas A&M he was involved with ASCE and served as a director for an environmental service organization. Undergraduate research included investigation of biofuels production and the effects of fungi on aircraft acid corrosion. Intern positions were held with Jones and Carter and Halff Associates. Following graduation, Ronnie worked as a Water and Wastewater Treatment Engineer for Freese and Nichols and participated as a member of the Water Environment Association of Texas. His research is focused on algorithmically modeling the global soil evaporation rate utilizing soil moisture data from NASA’s SMAP satellite.