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About David N. Richardson, Ph.D., P.E., F.ACI (Emeritus)

Dr. David Richardson received his bachelor of science and master of science degrees in civil engineering from Missouri S&T in 1971 and 1973, respectively. He owned his own consulting firm for 22 years, working in Texas and Arkansas, before selling it. He then returned to Missouri S&T and earned a Ph.D. in civil engineering in 1984. In that year, Dave became the area head for construction and construction materials and has taught those courses in the S&T civil department. He has received 17 teaching awards plus numerous advising and faculty awards, including the Academy’s Faculty Achievement Award. He has published research papers, conducted 180 short courses and directed 60 asphalt and concrete conferences, and he provides continuing education to engineering professionals and technicians. Dave has been a positive influence on S&T’s civil engineering graduates, as well as the paving industry in Missouri. He is a Fellow in the American Concrete Institute, has chaired national ACI technical committees and has been president of the state ACI chapter.


Present Chancellor's Professor, Materials Science, Missouri University of Science and Technology Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
Present Director, Superpave Training, Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT)

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Faculty Teaching Award, Missouri S&T, (2011)
  • Chi Omega Outstanding Professor Award, (2011)
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, Missouri S&T, (1987, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012)
  • Dean of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award, (2005, 2006)
  • Outstanding Freshmen Student Advisor Award, Missouri S&T, (2005-2006)
  • Freshmen Engineering Outstanding Advising Award, (2006)
  • Bernard R. Sarchet Outstanding Faculty Award, (2004)
  • ACI Missouri Chapter Concrete Person of the Year, (2003)
  • Academy of Civil Engineers Faculty Achievement Award, Missouri S&T, (1995)
  • ASCE Best Practice-Oriented Paper, Materials Division, (1993)
  • ASEE New Engineering Educator Award, (1988)


  • Construction Materials Properties and Testing
  • Bituminous Materials
  • Properties of Concrete
  • Asphalt Pavement Design
  • Concrete Pavement Design
  • Advanced Properties of Concrete
  • Advanced Construction Materials
  • Advanced Construction Materials Testing
  • Foundation Engineering
  • Intermediate Foundation Engineering
  • Soil Mechanics Laboratory


1984 Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Geotechnical), University of Missouri - Rolla
1973 M.S. in Civil Engineering (Environmental), University of Missouri - Rolla ‐ Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
1971 B.S. in Civil Engineering, University of Missouri - Rolla ‐ Civil Engineering

Contact Information

Missouri University of Science and Technology
126 Butler-Carlton Hall
1401 N. Pine St.
Rolla, MO  65409



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