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Ponderosa Associates Ltd

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Ponderosa Associates Ltd

130 Miners Drive

Lafayette, Colorado,80026

United States

Company Description

Ponderosa Associates is a technical consulting company offering the services of licensed engineers, scientists and other technical experts. For over 35 years we have provided prompt, highly qualified assistance to the legal, industrial and insurance communit...more

Background Information

Employment History

Supporting


Affiliations

Big Eight and College Football Halls of Fame

Member


National Football Foundation

Board Member


National Fire Protection Association

Member


American Geophysical Union

Member


American Physical Society

Member


American Association for the Advancement of Science

Member


National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Member of the Voyager Planetary Radio Astronomy Team


National High School Hall of Fame

Member


College Football Hall Of Fame

Member


Voyager

Member of the Space Probe Science Team


Education

Lakewood High School


B.S.

Physics

University of Colorado


M.S.

Plasma Physics

Oxford University


Ph.D.


PhD

Astrogeophysics

Oxford


doctorate

Astrogeophysics

CU


doctorate

astrogeophysics

University of Colorado


master?s degree

physics

Oxford University


valedictorian

Physics

University of Colorado


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Ponderosa Associates

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Joseph H. Romig


The Association of American Rhodes Scholars: Joe Romig: CU Legend Still Pushing Physical, Intellectual Limits

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Joe Romig: CU Legend Still Pushing Physical, Intellectual Limits
Joe Romig has spent his life pushing limits, whether on the football field as an undersized but overachieving All-American for the University of Colorado, in the classroom as a Rhodes Scholar with an eye for astronomy, even in outer space as part of the NASA Voyager Missions. Now at 73 years old, Romig's football days are far behind him, but he continues to tackle intellectual challenges with his work at Lafayette-based consulting firm Ponderosa Associates, where he uses his background as an astrophysicist and NASA scientist to solve problems on Earth. "Renaissance man" is how Stevenson and many others describe Romig, who represents a well-roundedness that seems rare in today's specialized world. But before any of his talents had been realized, Romig was just your average student athlete. Except he wasn't average at all.


Ponderosa Associates - Forensic Engineers Scientists, Accident Reconstruction, Fires, Explosions, Computer Animation

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Joe Romig


The Association of American Rhodes Scholars: Joe Romig: CU Legend Still Pushing Physical, Intellectual Limits

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Joe Romig: CU Legend Still Pushing Physical, Intellectual Limits
The Association of American Rhodes Scholars: Joe Romig: CU Legend Still Pushing Physical, Intellectual Limits The Association of American Rhodes Scholars Joe Romig: CU Legend Still Pushing Physical, Intellectual Limits Joe Romig has spent his life pushing limits, whether on the football field as an undersized but overachieving All-American for the University of Colorado, in the classroom as a Rhodes Scholar with an eye for astronomy, even in outer space as part of the NASA Voyager Missions. Now at 73 years old, Romig's football days are far behind him, but he continues to tackle intellectual challenges with his work at Lafayette-based consulting firm Ponderosa Associates, where he uses his background as an astrophysicist and NASA scientist to solve problems on Earth. "Renaissance man" is how Stevenson and many others describe Romig, who represents a well-roundedness that seems rare in today's specialized world. But before any of his talents had been realized, Romig was just your average student athlete. Except he wasn't average at all.


From football to physics

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Choosing to study Physics has been a way of life for Rhodes Scholar and Wadham alumnus Joe Romig (1963, Physics).
Joe Romig Joe Romig (1963, Physics) Joe, who excelled both academically and on the sports field, chose to forgo a professional career as an American footballer and follow an academic route, which led to his direct involvement in NASA's Voyager space missions. Now an expert in the causes of noncriminal fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning events, Joe is passionate about the subject which has provided him with a fulfilling and fascinating career. Joe arrived at Wadham from Colorado in 1963 and was immediately won over by British culture and Oxford life. "I have always liked the cool British weather because it allows you to think," he said. However certain adjustments had to me made. "I quickly learned to look left and then right to avoid getting run over by a bicycle when crossing the road," he remembers, "and I had to learn a whole lot of new terminology, like 'joining a queue' rather than 'getting in line'." As a Rhodes Scholar, at 22, Joe was older than many Wadham students, and the 11pm curfew did not sit well with him. "I got to know the way over the wall, and would inevitably bump into one of the tutors in the scramble," he laughs. "Of course, there were no women in College then and women weren't allowed in student rooms. And gowns...their purpose was to protect you from hostile scouts who wanted to spill soup on us in the dining hall." But most of all, Joe was thrilled to be able to concentrate his mind on Physics, the subject that so inspired him, working with Rudolph Peierls and WB Thompson and concentrating on theoretical plasma physics. Having gained his Master's degree, Joe was about to embark on a DPhil in Oxford, when after a holiday in the US he decided to return there to get married, continuing his studies at Colorado University where he gained his PhD in Astrogeophysics. While working on his PhD, he also worked in Martin Marietta Aerospace's advanced planetary programs section, responsible for contributing to NASA's Voyager space missions. Anticipating that NASA in the mid-70s was as he puts it, "going downhill," Joe thought about the transferrable nature of the skills he had learned. "I realised that we could use the same principles for detecting flammable gas leaks on earth as we were using to characterise planetary environments," he said. So when he was laid off, he was able to spend the next five years doing consulting work and research and development for venture capital firms, investigating fires and explosions. It was in 1980 that he was hired by Ponderosa Associates, where he currently works part time as an expert in the causes of fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning events, carrying out forensic investigations into accidental incidents to try to find out what happened. Having now worked in accident investigation for so long, Joe is keen to stress the importance of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. "Carbon monoxide cases are always difficult because we tend to get called in when someone has been badly injured or died. He also feels that high schools should teach how things work; for example, why you shouldn't use oil-based spray paint in an environment where there is a boiler flame. "There is a reason why the safety warnings are present on various products," he comments, adding that he only wished they were adhered to. When not investigating accidents, for some 34 years Joe taught Astronomy at the University of Colorado's division of continuing education, stopping in 2004 to devote more time to travel associated with his consulting work. He lives with his wife, Barbara, a zoologist and artist, in Colorado. For this second meeting of the Wadham Physics Society, we have the privilege of having Joe Romig as a speaker.


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