Dr. Ritzema joined Olivet’s full-time faculty in 2018, teaching courses in civil and environmental engineering, technical communications and experimental design. His areas of expertise include water resources planning and management, as well as analysis of coupled human-environmental systems.
“For most of the past 12 years, I’ve had one foot in the engineering world and the other in international research,” he says. “From this, I believe I bring a unique perspective to both.”
His professional experience includes 14 years in research and engineering practice. In California, he worked in water resources engineering. In Southeast Asia and East Africa, he held several international applied research positions that focused on poverty, food security and natural resource management issues in the developing world.
Dr. Ritzema and his wife, Cristina, are the parents of five children. For relaxation, he enjoys fishing (or at least he will, when time eventually allows for it).
His favorite Scripture passage is Ephesians 1:18–19: “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparably great power for us who believe.”