Ron Pratt, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Mathematics and Sciences
AIMS 206


Ph.D., Colorado School of Mines
M.S., Fuxin Institute of Mining and Technology
B.S., Colorado School of Mines

Share why you teach at FPU

Christian colleges, sadly, often follow an evolution over time: they begin with a firm Christian commitment and then evolve over time further and further away from this commitment as they become distracted by worldly issues and crowd-pleasing initiatives. I was drawn to Fresno Pacific University by the FPU idea.

Scholarly Interests

  • Thermodynamics 
  • Engineering education
  • 19th century architecture
  • Rocks and fossils
  • Asian languages

Honors and Awards

  • Alpha Chi Teaching Award, Fresno Pacific University, 2007
  • Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society) Colorado-Alpha chapter, Lifetime member 
  • Valedictorian, graduating class, 4.0 GPA, Colorado School of Mines, 1995
  • First Amoco Doctoral Fellowship Award, Colorado School of Mines, 1990-1994

Publications and Presentations

Peer-Reviewed Publications in Professional Journals:

  • "Optimizing Student Performance under a Government Mandated Quota System – A Case Study at the National University of Malaysia,” R.M. Pratt, Int. J. Engineering. Ed. Vol. 18, No. 1, pp. 17-21, 2002 
  • “General Algorithms for 3-D Motion of a Non-Planar Body in a Steady-State Force Field,” R.M. Pratt, Mazwan, Khairil Bin Mohamad Zaini, J. Kejuruteraan, J. Engineering. Vol 14, pp. 83-107, 2002 
  • “Thermodynamic Properties Involving Derivatives Using the Peng-Robinson Equation of State,” R.M. Pratt, J. Chem. Eng. Ed. Vol. 35, No. 2 pp. 112-115, 2001
  • "Beware of Singularities When Calculating Clathrate Hydrate Cell Potentials,” R.M. Pratt, A.L. Ballard, & E.D. Sloan, J. Am. Soc. of Ch. Eng. (AIChE). Vol. 47, No. 8, pp. 1897-1898, 2001 
  • “Structural Perturbations in Proton-Randomized Single Point Charge Simulated Ice,” R.M. Pratt,  J. Kejuruteraan, J. Engineering. Num. 13, pp. 87-97, 2001
  • "Beware of Bogus Roots with Cubic Equations of State," R.M. Pratt, J. Chem. Engineering. Ed. Fall Issue, Nov., 1999
  • "Structure H Clathrate Unit Cell Coordinates and Simulation of the Structure H Crystal Interface with Water," R.M. Pratt, D.H. Mei, E.D. Sloan, & T.M. Guo, J. Chem. Phys. 106(10), 1997 
  • "A Computer Simulation and Investigation of Liquid-Solid Interfacial Phenomena for Ice and Clathrate Hydrates," R.M. Pratt & E.D. Sloan, Mol. Sim. Vol 15, pp. 247-264, 1995 


  • "Defending Science from Science's Defenders," 2009 
  • “Time to Deal with Vehicle Emissions Responsibly,” The Sun (Kuala Lumpur), Jan. 19, 2000
  • “Know Thyself...Its Fascinating and Fun! Using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicators at Home and on the Job,” Bul. Salam Malaysia, Vol. 4, No. 3, 1999  
  • “Tobacco Industry Manipulating Desires of our Youth,” The Sun (Kuala Lumpur), Nov. 2, 1999 

Conference Presentations:

  • “Conflict in the Classroom, Old Earth or New Earth – Let the Ancients Speak,” The Association for Core Texts and Courses (ACTC), Atlanta, GA, April, 2003
  • "Clathrate Hydrates -- The Energy of the Future. An Overview and a Postulated Formation Mechanism," World Renewable Energy Congress, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, June, 1999
  • “Accommodating Student Learning Preferences -- Using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicators and Web Technology in Engineering Education,” International Conference on Teaching and Learning, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, November, 1999
  • "Molecular Dynamics Simulation of the Crystal-Water Interface,"AIChE Regional Meeting, Houston TX, March, 1993


  • Equation of State Calculations for Hydrocarbon Processing -- A Quick and Dirty Guide using the Peng-Robinson Equation of State, Penerbit, UKM (National University of Malaysia Publishing House), 1999

Invited Seminars and Short Courses:

  • "Introduction to Molecular Simulation," Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark, April-May, 1999
  • "Introduction to Molecular Dynamics and Monte Carlo Computer Simulation," East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China, Dec., 1997
  • "Introduction to and Applications of Molecular Dynamics and Monte Carlo Computer Simulation," Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, Nov., 1996

Other Information

I live in Fresno with my wife Sharon. We are members of the Chinese Gospel Church.