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WKU offices in Bowling Green will open at 10 a.m. Friday. Classes Friday remain canceled and campuses in Glasgow, Owensboro and Elizabethtown/Ft. Knox remain closed Friday. Saturday classes in Bowling Green will proceed as scheduled. Here is a link to the University’s attendance policy during adverse weather conditions. Use caution and watch for slick spots on roads and walks. 

Residence Halls remain open until noon Saturday. Bemis & Barnes have space for those who need to stay longer. Visit WKU Housing & Residence Life for more information.

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WKU Engineering Faculty and Staff - Ron Rizzo

Ron Rizzo

Ron Rizzo

Staff Engineer

Office:  EBS 2140A
Phone:  270-745-8804


      Ron Rizzo initially dreamed of being an architect. Realizing early on that architecture was not for him, Rizzo discovered engineering. Interested in both electrical and mechanical engineering, he enjoys the creation, design fabrication, and testing of components and mechanical operations of devices. He began working for DESA International as a project engineer. Eventually creating a new division, he traveled across the country and Canada. A chance telephone call brought Rizzo back to academia. In a unique position as a staff engineer, Rizzo supports faculty and students on a variety of projects. With an enthusiastic, entrepreneurial, and innovative spirit, he assists and encourages students with their design projects associated with their classes as well as working on other projects that began as conversations. Among his current projects are the Freshman Experience autonomous robot project, the working clock for the sophomore design classes, the Bikes for Big Red project with junior design students, the C.N.C engraver for the Concrete Canoe Competition, assistance with the Lunabotics Team, R.O.S. and D.R.O.S. (remotely operated submersibles), an interactive display at Mammoth Cave, and the yearly IEEE competition.

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 Last Modified 9/25/14