Ron was born and raised in Arizona, graduated from Flagstaff High School, and obtained his undergraduate degree from Embry-Riddle in 2012. As an undergraduate, he focused his research on space-based tests of relativity, black holes, and gravitational waves (collaborating with Quentin Bailey, Robert Wald, Alan Kostelecky, and Michele Zanolin). His undergraduate career culminated in two publications with a draft of his thesis later published. After graduation, Ron was employed in public education for a year and spent some time with a paleontology excavation crew in Montana before taking up a two-year research position at Columbia University in the City of New York. At Columbia, he worked with Janna Levin on aspects of relativity.
In the summer of 2015, he entered graduate studies in physics at the California Institute of Technology and attended the Kavli Summer Program in Astrophysics during the summer of 2017. He continues working on relativity, gravitational waves, and astrophysics. In graduate school his collaborators have included: Davide Gerosa, Maximiliano Isi, Jonathan Gair, Daniel E. Holz, and Joey S. Key. Other collaborators have also included various members of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration.