Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering


Dr. Richard Watts


Phone: (509) 335-3761
FAX: (509) 335-7632



  • Ph.D., Civil & Environmental Engineering, 1984-Utah State University
  • B.S., Environmental Toxicology, 1977 - University of California, Davis


  • Professional Civil Engineering, State of California, License No. C041234


  • 1997-present Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, WSU
  • 1990-97 Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, WSU
  • 1985-90 Assistant Professor, University of Nevada
  • 1984-85 Environmental Engineer, Naval Energy and Environmental Support Activity
  • 1979-83 Research Assistant, Utah Water Research Laboratory, Utah State University


  • Outstanding Research Faculty, Civil & Environmental Engineering, 2008-09
  • Leon Luck Award, Civil & Environmental Engineering, WSU, 1995
  • Outstanding Research Faculty, Civil & Environmental Engineering, 1994
  • Outstanding Teaching Faculty, College of Engineering & Architecture, 1992
  • Award for Distinguished Service, ASCE, 1987
  • First Place, national Dissertation Competition, 1984
  • Special Recognition Award, Naval Energy & Environmental Support Activity, 1984
  • First Place, Utah Water Pollution Control Association Graduate Student Publication Contest, 1982, 1981
  • Outstanding Young Men in America, 1981
  • Who's Who in American Colleges and University, 1980


  • Physicochemical treatment processes, particularly chemical oxidations applied to the treatment of contaminated soils and groundwater


  • Hazardous Waste Treatment and Remediation
  • Hazardous Waste Engineering
  • Environmental Organic Chemistry


  • R.J. Watts, J. Howsawkeng, A.L. Teel (2005), "Destruction of a Carbon Tetrachloride DNAPL by Modified Fenton's Reagent", J. Environ. Eng. 131:1114-1119.
  • M.J. Monahan and R.J. Watts (2005), "Effect of Modified Fenton's Reagent on Metal Mobility in the Subsurface", Water Res. 39:2955-2963
  • R.J. Watts and A.L. Teel (2005), "Chemistry of Catalyzed H2O2 Propogations (Modified Fenton's Reagent) for In Situ Soil and Groundwater Remediation", J. Environ. Engr.131:612-622.
  • B.A. Smith, A.L. Teel and R.J. Watts, "Identification of the Reactive Oxygen Species Responsible for Carbon Tetrachloride Degradation in Modified Fenton's Reagent", Submitted to Environ. Sci. Technol.
  • R.J. Watts, J. Sarasa, F. J. Loge, and A.L. Teel (2005), "Oxidative and Reductive Pathways for Contaminant Degradation in the Manganese-Catalyzed Decomposition of Hydrogen Peroxide", J. Environ. Engr. 131:158-164.
  • T.F. Hess, T.S. Tenn, R.J. Watts, and A.J. Paszczynski (2003), "Studies on Nitroaromatic Compound Degradation in Modified Fenton Reactions by Electrospray Ionization Tandem Mass Spectrometry (ESI-MS-MS) ',Analyst 128:156-160.

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