Dick Kuchenrither
Scholar in Residence • Water Engineering and Management Program Director

Department: Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering

Education: B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder (1972), M.S., Environmental - Civil Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder (1981), Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Environmental Health Engineering, University of Kansas (1992)
Teaching: CVEN 5584 (fall), Water Profession: Leadership & Management; CVEN 5564 (spring), Water Profession: Communication & Utility Finance; CVEN 5574 (summer), Water Utility Management: Current Issues and Future Challenges and CVEN 5534, Wastewater Process Design.
Research: Environmental Health, wastewater & biosolids, renewable energy, WASH in emerging countries,  and leadership

Office: ECOT 541 – SEEC S286G

Honors and Distinctions:

  • 2019 Water Environmental Federation, Fellow
  • 2014 Water For People, Robert W. Hite, Outstanding Leadership Award
  • 2008-2012 American Academy of Environmental Engineers, Diplomat of Environmental Engineers Board Member
  • 2009 Water Environmental Federation, Emerson Award
  • 2006-2010 Water for People Board Member
  • 2003 Water Environmental Federation, Honorary Member
  • 1998 American Academy of Environmental Engineers, Kappe Lecturer
  • 1998 Black & Veatch, N.T. Veatch Mark of Excellence
  • 1997-2002 Stockholm Water Prize Nominating Committee
  • 1996 Water Environmental Federation, President
  • 1995-1998 & 2000-2006 Water Environmental Research Foundation Board Member
  • 1992 American Society of Civil Engineers, Samuel Arnold Greeley Award
  • 1988 Water Environmental Federation, Arthur Sidney Bedell Award
  • 1975 United States Army, Army Commendation Medal
  • 1972 University of Colorado, Milo S. Ketchum Award
  • 1972 Society of American Military Engineers – Distinguished Military Graduate

Recent Publications:
** denotes work done in collaboration with graduate students
* denotes work done in collaboration with undergraduate students

  • Young Professional Development: Building Blocks to a Successful Career, “Basics of Leadership” Rocky Mountain AWWA/WEA Seminar, University of Colorado, August, 2017
  • Utility Leader Forum: The Effective Water Professional, AWWA/WEF Utility Management Conference, February 2017, Author
  • The New Water Professional: Changing the Paradigm for Environmental Education, WEF/AWWA  Utility Management Conference, February 2014, Author
  • New Biosolids Technologies and Process for Developing Countries, Residuals and Biosolids, May 2013, Author
  • Denver Metro District: Quantifying Energy and Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Opportunities For Biooslids Treatment Alternatives, May 2010,
  • Denver Metro District: Quantifying Energy and Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Options for Biosolids Treatment Alternatives, Residuals and Biosolids, 2010, Co-author
  • Renewing Our Commitment to Renewable Energy: Banking on Biosolids Energy Recovery, National Association of Clean Water Agencies, 2010, Co-author
  • Innovations in program Management: Understanding and Controlling Costs, Water Environment Federation, Utility Executive, March 2009
  • Water Reuse, Japan/USA International Conference, July 2004, Author
  • Clean Water: The Key to Economic Revitalization, 69th Annual Conference, Water Environment Federation, Chicago, Illinois, October 1997