It is with heavy sadness in our hearts that we announce to you the passing of our beloved Science on Saturday host, Ronald E. Hatcher (1957-2014).
Ronald Hatcher, a principal engineer whose contributions to the Laboratory ranged from designing and analyzing key power supply systems to mentoring early career engineers and running the Science on Saturday program, died on March 24, after suffering a medical emergency on his way to work. He was 56.
Hatcher joined PPPL in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and mathematics from Carnegie-Mellon University, and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the same school. He arrived after starting his career at the Westinghouse R&D Center in his hometown of Pittsburgh.