Ronald C. Pate

Ronald C. Pate

Alumni, Sandia National Laboratories

Energy-Water Interdependencies

Ron Pate joined Sandia in 1986 and spent the first two years with the company working in Pulsed Power Sciences on the design and development of the HERMES-III accelerator. This was followed by two years in Strategic Arms Control working on tagging technology development, followed by six years as project leader in Renewable Energy Systems Engineering with emphasis on international project development, technical assistance, and educational outreach. For the past six years, Ron has been leading projects in Directed Energy Special Applications, with emphasis on high power electromagnetics and associated compact pulsed power system drivers. He joined the Advanced Concepts Group in the Fall of 2001. Prior to joining Sandia, Ron spent five years as a commissioned officer in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Officer Corp with assignments doing hydrographic survey work in the Pacific region (Alaska and Hawaii) on the NOAA ship FAIRWEATHER based out of Seattle, WA, followed by doppler radar remote sensing technology RDT&E with the NOAA Environmental Research Laboratories based in Boulder, CO. This was followed by further graduate study and private sector jobs in exploration geophysics with Shell Oil Company in Houston, TX, electromagnetic applications research and testing with EMA, Inc. in Albuquerque, NM, and management of advanced ignition systems research and development for an entrepreneurial venture in Albuquerque. Ron was born and raised in Arizona, growing up in the cotton farming community of Casa Grande where his family owned and operated a farm. He graduated from the University of Arizona in Tucson with a BS degree in engineering physics, and later earned a MS degree in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado in Boulder. Ron and his wife Becky live in Corrales and have two sons. Ryan (25) is a second year medical student at UNM, and Eric (21) is a third year architectural interior design major at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.


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