Biographical Sketch

Preface: Chief Seattle Quote and a Sioux Prayer

Dr. Richardson is currently Associate Professor (Resume)and former Department Chair of Environmental Engineering at New Mexico Tech in Socorro, New Mexico.  He is a registered professional engineer in New Mexico (#11229) and Kentucky (#12232) and is a Board Cerified Environmental Engineer in Solid Waste Management.   His graduate and undergraduate teaching responsibilities over the past 24 years have included: Water and Wastewater Process Design, Water and Wastewater Hydraulic Design, Solid and Hazardous Waste Engineering, Geo-technical Waste Containment Design, Industrial Water and Wastewater Design, Surface Water Quality Modeling, Air Pollution Engineering, Fluid Mechanics, Heat and Mass Transfer, Instrumentation and Automatic Process Control, Environmental Risk Assessment, Hazardous Waste Site Remediation, Surface Water Hydrology for Small Catchments, and Environmental Law and Regulations.  In addition, Dr. Richardson has been active in the Master of Science Teaching program at New Mexico Tech, including teaching of K-12 educator courses in Ghana, China, and Brazil sponsored by the Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program. Dr. Richardson was given the Distinguished Teaching Award at New Mexico Tech's May, 2005 commencement. He also serves as academic advisor to New Mexico Tech's undergraduate entry in the Annual International Environmental Engineering Contest sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy through WERC, a Consortium for Environmental Education and Technology Development.

Dr. Richardson’s past research activities have focused on Pollutant Detachment from Impervious Surfaces during Rainfall, Desalination of Bicarbonate Brine Waters using Ion Exchange, Photocatalytic Oxidation of Gas-phase Chlorinated Organics, Arsenic Adsorption in Drinking Water using Laterite Filters, and Enzymatic Treatment of Soils Contaminated with TNT and RDX using an extract from Spinach. Current research focus is on sediment transport capacity and deposition in culverts using GIS based attributes and fuzzy logic analysis.

Dr. Richardson has had extensive regulatory review experience in municipal and industrial wastewater design and operation working for the Kentucky Department of Natural Resources, Division of Water.  In addition, he has served as a primary consultant to the City and County of Socorro, New Mexico on a Process Performance Evaluation of the Socorro Wastewater Treatment Facility and for an Application for Permit for the Socorro County Solid Waste Management Facility, respectively.  Dr. Richardson also prepared a Landfill Closure and Post-closure Plan for the City of Socorro for their existing municipal landfill.  He is a member of the Water Environment Federation, Air and Waste Management Association, American Water Works Association, Solid Waste Association of North America, and the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors.

Dr. Richardson's hobbies include riding his 1989 FXSTS Harley-Davidson motorcycle, aka Darlin' (or his wife Demi's 2001 XL Sportster, aka Hoglet), vintage motorcycle restoration, playing guitar, rugby, and humbly attempting to write songs and poetry. He is affectionly known as "Doc" to his New Mexico Tech students and fellow motorcyclists.