Published: Sept. 24, 2019

Richard KuchenritherRichard Kuchenrither was one of 15 water professionals to be recognized by the Water Environment Federation (WEF) with the 2019 WEF Fellows for Contribution to Water Profession. 

Kuchenrither is the director of the CU Boulder Water Engineering and Management Professional Master’s Program, which focuses on the skills and tools needed for young professionals in the water profession. He is a principal investigator for WEF biosolid research projects and has spent over 30 years managing, leading and directing water and wastewater global projects for Black and Veatch, specializing in biosolids. 

Kuchenrither received his BS and MS in civil engineering from CU Boulder and his PhD in civil and environmental health engineering from the University of Kansas. 

The 15 recipients of the 2019 WEF Fellows were recognized for their achievements, stature and contributions in the water profession.

"These outstanding individuals have made a profound impact on the global water environment, and we are proud to recognize and honor their efforts,” said WEF Executive Director Eileen O'Neill. "The accomplishments of the 2019 WEF Fellows are a testament to the remarkable dedication and passion of our members.”

WEF is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization of 35,000 individual members and 75 affiliated member associations representing water quality professionals around the world. The mission of WEF is to connect water professionals; enrich the expertise of water professionals; increase the awareness of the impact and value of water; and provide a platform for water sector innovation.