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.