Ronald Gdovic, PhD
Ronald Gdovic brings more than 20 years of experience to the classroom for the College of Natural Sciences, College of Information Systems & Technology and School of Business. He holds both a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.
Most recently, Ronald was the president of a successful leading-edge public company specializing in online marketing and product development. Prior to that, he held the distinguished position of Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of Information Technology and Society at Carnegie Mellon University. He was also the executive director of a progressive technology company resolved to establish Greater Pittsburgh as the leader in advancing social, educational and economic development agendas through innovative use of information technology. He has helped launch several companies in varied industries ranging from telecommunications to industrial materials to land and natural resource management and development. He remains an active leader on the boards of these organizations and today is focused on sustainable development of natural gas resources in the U.S.
Ronald also assisted the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications Infrastructure Administration with programs to expand broadband access and spur economic growth under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. He is considered an authority in Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and telecommunications infrastructure and policy and is a member of the Pittsburgh Technology Council and the Technology Leaders Association.
He has also appeared as a visiting scientist on the Discovery Channel’s MythBusters series.