This award honors faculty members for outstanding teaching accomplishments and is made possible by the generosity of the Karl G. Maeser Scholarship Society.
Paul W. Richards has developed a well-deserved reputation among students and peers as a master teacher. He has also played a key leadership role in developing teaching and learning excellence throughout the college. As an associate professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, he teaches courses in engineering mechanics, structural analysis, and seismic design. Despite the challenges of teaching difficult technical subjects, students laud his effective and entertaining approach, his subject expertise, and his caring attitude. In addition to his primary research in earthquake engineering, he has published on topics pertaining to engineering education and has written a textbook on steel design. He has advised more than 30 graduate students and has supported numerous undergraduate students in research. Paul is an outstanding example of achieving teaching excellence while being a fine scholar.