Ronald Hickland, Jr., BSME '01

Ronald "Ron" Hickland, Jr., graduated from Purdue University, in 2001, with a BS in mechanical engineering. He was featured on the cover of Black Enterprise magazine and spoke at the Black Enterprise Young Entrepreneur's Conference in Chicago, IL, in May 2012. 

Ron is proof that jobs in science and engineering aren’t isolated and lonely. As the Product Designer at Ebonite International Inc., located in Hopkinsville, KY, the Purdue University Alumnus bowls 40 hours a month, works with two teams of people across several states, travels globally to share his rare expertise, and gets the opportunity to rub elbows with celebrities such as “Sugar” Shane Mosley and Swizz Beatz, who want him to design customized bowling balls. He even has a patent on a bowling ball restoration product. 

Ron is a Certified Silver Level Coach and an avid bowler who has competed at all levels of the sport, including the Professional Level with numerous tournament wins. He has amassed 26 perfect games and a high series of 826, and has made more than $300,000 dollars bowling competitively to date (2012).

He has given seminars around the world including Canada, Europe, Mexico, Singapore, Korea, Japan, as well as the US on technical aspects of bowling and his passion for engineering and STEM. Ron has also been a guest lecturer for Purdue University's School of Mechanical Engineering (ME290).

He has worked with "Sugar" Shane Mosley, Swizz Beats, LeBron James, Chris Paul, and Gavin Maloof (owner of the Palms Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas) on bowling related projects. He is an avid runner and has completed a 1/2 marathon down the Las Vegas Strip as well as one in Chicago. Ron has been a real estate investor since 2001, and he owns and manages properties in several different states. He has published technical papers in Academic Scientific Journals as well as Bowling Magazines (Bowlers Journal, Bowling This Month). Ron has been featured on the technical aspects of bowling balls on television: ESPN as a consultant, Discovery Channel's Some Assembly Required (2008), History Channel's Modern Marvels (2007) and Science Channel (2011). He was also on the cover of the May 2012 issue of Black Enterprise Magazine, and spoke at the Black Enterprise Young Entrepreneur's Conference in Chicago in May 2012. Black Enterprise also featured Ron in their TV show Our World-Slice of Life.

Ron was born in Marion, IN, on March 4, 1978, and is the eldest of two children. He married his best friend on July 12, 2003.

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