A Helping Hand

As a young engineer, Ronald Ho aspired to be an entrepreneur. He felt there was room for one more electrical engineering firm that could provide quality services in Hawai'i. So in 1978, just a decade after earning his Master's in electrical engineering at the University of Hawai'i, he founded Ronald N.S. Ho & Associates.

Ron Ho chairing the COE fundraising committee

His company specializes in providing electrical engineering design services for residential, industrial, commercial, and institutional facilities. Some of his recent and better-known projects include electrical upgrades at the University of Hawai'i-Manoa campus and electrical improvements at the Honolulu International Airport. However, out of all the projects his company has done Ho doesn't see any one project stand out in front of the others. "I'm proud of every job that is completed on time, on schedule, and within budget. When this happens, our client feels that success was accomplished and success for our clients is our goal in business."

The success of Ronald N.S. Ho & Associates is based on a simple formula, "A good company is only as good as the people who work in the company," Ho says. "Good leadership is always a requirement, but good workers who work well with each other make all the difference." Ho also believes successful companies come up with strategies and plan to create their own opportunities as opposed to waiting around for the "lucky break."

With all the success Ho has earned, he enjoys sharing that success with others, especially the University of Hawai'i College of Engineering. Ronald Ho is well known for his contributions to the school where he learned much of his engineering knowledge and is very proud of what the school has accomplished. "The UH College of Engineering has quality students, an excellent faculty, good student programs, and is continually striving to be better," Ho says. "Companies that have employed our graduates have provided feedback that indicate our graduates compare favorably with graduates from many larger universities and colleges. Indications like these further enforce the notion that UH produces good engineers."

One of the many ways he has helped the College of Engineering is through his Ronald N.S. Ho Endowment, which is used to support a variety of things, like Electrical Engineering senior design projects and various Electrical Engineering student organizations like the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE).

In 1995, Ho joined the elite Founder's Club, which recognizes those individuals who have made significant contributions to the University of Hawai'i. Ho says he spends a lot of time and effort in support of UH because he believes it plays an important role to our state's overall economy and he also believes UH continues to provide much needed education for the children of Hawai'i. "Giving back to the UH College of Engineering is one way to ensure that the College of Engineering continues to improve and to also perpetuate our industry by educating our future engineers," Ho says.

"I think all engineering graduates should feel proud of the UH College of Engineering and participate in support of the institution that gave them their start in their careers."


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