Phone: (cell) 210-667-3975
Degrees and Certifications:
B.S. Building Construction - TAMU 1978 Technology Education
Mr. Ronnie Pundt
Hello, I am Ronnie Pundt. As an engineering teacher in the North East ISD STEM Academy I am excited to have the opportunity to teach your student this year. My goal is to help your student become college or career ready in one of the many Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematic fields.
I am a 1974 graduate of Calhoun High School (Port Lavaca, Texas). With the help of a four year scholarship from ALCOA Aluminum Corporation, I received my Bachelor of Science in Building Construction from the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University in 1978. This degree is often called Architectural Engineering or Construction Science at other universities.
My first job after graduation was working for Robert E. McKee, Inc. in Dallas, Texas. I was a Field Engineer on the Enserch Corp. Building in downtown Dallas. My primary responsibility was the correct placement of the building on the lot and all components within the building. I was promoted to Project Engineer during this project. This increased my responsibilities to include submittal approval, scheduling, and the estimation/negotiation of any changes to the project. I continued in this position on my next Robert E. McKee project, the Sun Gas Building, also in Dallas.
Near the end of the Sun Gas Building, I was recruited by Austin Commercial, Inc. to be a Project Engineer on the main staff of the William Square Project in Irving, Texas. This was a nine structure complex in the Los Colinas Development.
At the end of that project, I had the opportunity to move to Austin, Texas and go to work for Utley-James of Texas, Inc. This was a promotion to Project Manager. I was in overall control of two high school campus projects, a middle school science building, and two university buildings.
When I completed the projects for Utley-James of Texas, I was offered the chance to work for a land development company, E. M. Sykes, Inc., in Austin, Texas. This company was unique in that it had its own architectural and construction divisions. This gave me the opportunity to work hand in hand with the design architect to streamline the design/build process. I was one of their Project Managers and managed several light commercial projects (one to five story), townhome developments and condominiums. I was lucky enough to be the Project Manager on a historical remodel of a building in downtown Austin. Unfortunately E. M. Sykes, Inc. became a victim of the building bust in Texas in 1985.
Immediately after the demise of my former employer, the bank that absorbed their assets contacted me about completing all the former developer’s tenant finish out contracts. Determined to stay in the Austin area, I formed Partner’s Renovations and accepted their offer. The company gradually evolved over the next 15 years into a custom kitchen and office furnishings design/build firm. We were the first such company in Austin to use 3D software in our designs. During the latter part of the 1990’s I began to notice that it was becoming harder to find qualified engineering, construction management, and architectural employees. The vast majority of the engineers in the state were much older than I was and were either retiring or in position to do so.
My wife, a teacher, suggested that if this worried me, I should do something about this shortage. At her urging, I sold my company, and joined the Alternate Certification Program to become a Career and Technology teacher. I started my teacher career in Victoria ISD at Victoria High School teaching Architectural Graphics, Engineering Graphics, and Technology Systems Modular. I was able to develop an articulation agreement with Victoria College and Coastal Bend College to offer college credits for the two graphics courses. In the summer I was an engineering and robotics teacher for the GCAME program (Golden Crescent Alliance for Minorities in Engineering). I eventually became a BEST Robotics coach and the Dean for Career and Technology for four campuses.
Anxious to become involved in the state's T-STEM imitative, I jumped at the chance to become a member of the teaching staff at the North East ISD STEM Academy. I am now the last of the original High School teachers. I have taught: Concepts of Engineering Technology, Engineering Design and Presentation, Engineering Design and Problem Solving, Architectural Design, Robotics and Automation, and STEM Internship. For seven years I was the BEST Robotics coach for Robert E. Lee High School. The Lee BEST Robotics Team was very successful. They progressed all seven years to the State level at Texas BEST. We always placed in the top 15% and placed 2nd overall in the state one year. In 2015, it was decided to transition to the First Robotics Competitions. This was to give our students more opportunities for scholarships and to expose them to industrial type equipment. I am extremely proud that in our first year, we won the Rookie All Star Award at the Alamo Regional. This qualified us for the FRC Championship in St. Louis. There we had the honor of competing with teams from all over the world. We have to the FRC World Championship in 2016 and 2017 as well.
I look forward to sharing 39 years of experience and knowledge in the construction engineering and management, manufacturing and architectural design fields with your student and hopefully encouraging them to enter one of the many STEM career fields.
Schedule for Ronnie Pundt - STEM Engineering
Tutoring - Monday and Tuesday - 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM, Mornings by appointment
1st Period - MWF - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM - Engineering Design & Presentation (8252)
2nd Period - MWF - 11:10 AM to 11:45 AM and 12:30 PM to 12:55 PM- Pricinples of Applied Engineering (8250)
Advisory - MWF - 12:55 PM to 1:05 PM
3rd Period - MWF - 1:15 PM to 2:15 PM - Engineering Design & Presentation (8252)
4th Period - MWF - 2:25 PM to 3:25 PM - Conference Period
B Lunch - MWF - 11:50 AM to 12:25 PM and TTH - 12:25 PM to 1:00 PM
5th Period - TTH - 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM - Principles of Applied Engineering (8250)
6th Period - TTH - 11:35 AM to 12:20 PM and 1:05 PM to 1:50 PM- Engineering Design & Problem Solving (8258)
7th Period - TTH - 2:30 PM to 3:20 PM - Practicum in STEM (8260)/Robotics I (8094)
FRC Team 5572 Robotics Practice - TBO