Ron is a retired Project Manager from the Houston area, having worked 44 years in managing and directing engineering, procurement, and construction of industrial projects, principally in refinery and petro-chemical plants along the Gulf Coast as well as facilities in Abu Dhabi, Singapore, and Thailand. Other project experience included marine and dock facilities, power plants, and pulp and paper mills. Ron graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Civil Engineering, worked early in his career as a Structural Engineer, and still maintains his professional license to practice engineering in Texas. His last three years of professional work involved forensics and expert witness testimony in mediation and arbitration cases between contractors and owners concerning overruns in budgets and schedules as well as engineering and construction errors.
Ron and his wife, who also graduated from UT, now maintain an active life in the City of Lakeway near Austin, and often enjoy boating on Lake Travis. He has been appointed to a Committee overseeing construction of a new police building, and serves on the City Building Commission that reviews requests for changes and variances to building codes for homes in Lakeway. He has long been passionate about science museums and science education, the Science Mill being the third museum in which he worked as a volunteer, including an appointment to the Advisory Board for the Texas Natural Science Center on the UT campus. Ron’s life-long hobby has been building an extensive seashell collection, and he served as a docent in the Malacology Hall of the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
Ron is pleased that his son and daughter, who both attended UT, also live and work in the Austin area. His children and seven grandchildren bring much joy into the Carter household.