Richard Kuchenrither
Scholar in Residence
Water Engineering and Management

Office: ECOT 541


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Civil Engineering, Environmental Health Engineering, May 1992; University of Kansas
  • Master of Science, Civil Engineering, December 1981, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, May 1972, University of Colorado at Boulder

Honors and Distinction:

  • Life Member, American Water Works Association  (2011)
  • Dedicated Board Service Award, Water for People  (2010)
  • Emerson Distinguished Service Medal – Water Environment Profession, Water Environment Federation, (2009)
  • Continuous Support Service Award, College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences, Howard University, (2003)
  • Honorary Member Award, Water Environmental Federation, (2003)
  • Kappe Lecturer, American Academy of Environmental Engineers, (1998)
  • Stockholm Water Prize, Nominating Committee, (1997–2002)
  • Water Environment Research Foundation Board (1994-1996, 2000-2006)
  • N.T. Veatch Mark of Excellence Award- Black & Veatch (1998)
  • Samuel Arnold Greeley Award, American Society of Civil Engineers (1992)
  • Arthur Sidney Bedell Award- Rocky Mountain Water Pollution Control Association (1988)
  • Department of Army Commendation Medal, (1975)
  • Milo S. Ketchum Award, Civil Engineering Department, University of Colorado, Bolder (1972)
  • Distinguished Military Graduate Award, Society of Military Engineers, University of Colorado (1972)

Society Membership:

  • Water Environment Federation – current
    • WEF, past president
    • American Water Works Association – current
    • American Academy of Environmental Engineers – current
      • AAEE Board (2006-2012)


  • Directing the CU Water Engineering and Management Program, focusing on the water profession skills and tools for young professionals, focusing on leadership, communication, utility financials and management.
  • Teaching an important segment of the graduate wastewater treatment class, focusing on the renewable and sustainability technologies for biosolids.
  • Principal investigator for WERF biosolid research projects.
  • Thirty four years managing, leading and directing water and wastewater global projects for Black and Veatch, specializing in biosolids.