Title: President, Ceramic Engineer
Company: Richerson and Associates
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
David Richerson, Ceramic Engineer and President at Richerson and Associates, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of ceramic engineering.
Mr. Richerson attended the University of Utah, earning a Bachelor of Science in ceramic science and engineering in 1967, and in 1969, he earned a Master of Science in ceramic science and engineering from Pennsylvania State University. He started as a research engineer at Norton Company, and was given the chance to travel to England to transfer the technology for a material named silicon nitride back to the United States. He returned and was tasked with improving the material for high-temperature resistance, so it could be used in gas turbine engines. Mr. Richerson’s work led silicon nitride to become the recognized standard by the National Bureau of Standards. In 1973, he transitioned to a role with the Garrett Turbine Engine Company, where he worked as a senior research engineer and supervisor of advanced materials. He became an adjunct faculty member at Arizona State University in 1979, and in 1985, he started as the director of research and development for Ceramatec Inc.
In 1988, Mr. Richerson became the vice president of applied technology at Ceramatec Inc., and in 1991, he started as an adjunct associate professor at the University of Utah, his alma mater, where he would remain until 2013. Additionally, in 1991, he started as president of Richerson and associates, where he works to this day, and in 2010, he started as the manager of minerals at the Natural History Museum of Utah. He has written several educational texts on ceramic engineering, including two editions of “The Magic of Ceramics” in 2000 and 2011, multiple editions of “Modern Ceramic Engineering” in 1982, 1992, 2006, and 2018, and “Modern Engineering.” He has co-edited and contributed to a variety of further works and holds patents in his field. Mr. Richerson was given an Outstanding Service Award from the University of Utah College of Engineering in 2009, and he is a member of the National Institute of Ceramic Engineers. As a testament to his success, Mr. Richerson was featured in the second edition of Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America, the 21st edition of Who’s Who in the West, and the 66th edition of Who’s Who in America.
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