He is an engineering graduate of The Citadel, the University of Miami, and the International Institute for Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering in Delft, The Netherlands.
Beginning in 1972 at what is now the Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory of the Engineer Research and Development Center, his career has focused on developing, performing and managing applied research in coastal and hydraulic engineering. Among other achievements, he designed and built the world’s first portable hydraulic land-based system for bypassing sand at coastal inlets. He led applied research teams that: a) developed the CORE-LOC® concrete armor unit for breakwaters and jetties and formed the international consortium that currently markets and manages it, b) developed the Scanning Hydrographic Operational Airborne Lidar Survey system for coastal mapping and charting and created the Joint Airborne Lidar Bathymetry Technical Center of Expertise at Stennis Space Center, MS, and c) developed the Silent Inspector system for automated dredge contract monitoring and established the nation-wide center for its deployment and operation in Mobile, AL. He played a key role in developing the concept of Regional Sediment Management and in transitioning it to practice nation-wide.
He served as the Principal Federal Liaison to National Research Council Committees on assessing the return on investment from applied R&D programs and on systems for making measurements in the coastal zone. He was Federal Co-Chair of the Gulf of Mexico Program’s Coastal and Shoreline Erosion Committee and a Charter Organizer of the National Beach Preservation Technology Conference. For the past 10 years, he has been a Director of the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association and currently serves as Chair of its Government Affairs Committee.
In 2009, Mr. Richardson retired as Director of the Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory and began work at Jackson State University as Deputy Director of the Coastal Hazards Center of Excellence.