Jerry R. Richardson, M.ASCE, D.WRE

Associate Professor
University of Missouri Kansas City

Dr. Richardson is an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Missouri - Kansas City and director of the River Engineering Program. He is also a Senior Water Resources Engineer Water Resources Solutions (WRS) LLC.
Dr. Richardson received his BS, MS, and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at Colorado State University. He contributed most of the artwork to the first edition of FHWA’s Highways In the River Environment (HIRE) and edited the second edition. In the early 1970’s he worked in Venezuela serving as a field technician gaging streams and servicing the rain gage network for a large basin-wide hydrologic project.
In 1980, he worked in Alaska conducting hydraulic, stream stability, and scour analysis studying river crossing of the Northwest Alaskan Gas Pipeline. After his Master’s degree where he conducting laboratory studies of inflow seepage effects on sediment transport, worked on the island of Java investigating the riverine consequences of the volcanic eruption of Galungung for the USAID.
Dr. Richardson completed his Ph.D. in 1989, and then worked to develop training resources for assessing Stream Stability and Scour at bridges for FHWA and NHI. Dr. Richardson was a contributing author of the original editions of FHWA’s HEC-18 and HEC-20. He is a certified NHI instructor for 27 years.
Dr. Richardson joined the University of Missouri Kansas City in 1994 where he teaches and conduct research in the field of river engineering, river mechanics, sediment transport, and scour at bridges. Dr. Richardson has trained thousands of engineers, published over 25-refereed publications, numerous conference articles and contributed to numerous reports, circulars, manuals and articles.


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