Since 2011, Dr. Richard V. Scholtz, III has been on faculty in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department. His teaching responsibilities are split between the Biological Engineering (BE) and Agricultural Operations Management (AOM) programs. Courses taught annually include: ABE 4231C: Irrigation and Drainage Engineering; ABE 4042C: Biological Engineering Design I; AOM 4314C: Power Machinery Management; AOM 3734: Irrigation Principles and Practices in Florida; one-third of AOM 4455: Agricultural Operations Systems Management; ABE 6931: Seminar; and ABE 6986: Applied Mathematics in Agricultural and Biological Engineering.
Richard also serves as the faculty advisor for the Florida Student Branch of ASABE, who successfully held the 2015 ASABE Southeastern Region Rally. A student organized conference that host 16 Southeastern schools, highlighting the profession and providing an opportunity to showcase the unique research being conducted. Richard is also the faculty advisor for the UF Chapter of Alpha Epsilon, Agricultural and Biological Engineering honor society.
Richard received his doctorate, masters and baccalaureate degrees at the University of Florida. He specializes in engineering and management practices geared to the promotion of sustainable agriculture and the environment, specifically those methods dealing with water and nutrient resources. Particular focuses include water and nutrient transport and utilization, nonlinear model development and utilization, and conveyance hydraulics.
Richard serves on the University’s Constitutional and ROTC Committees, and is a Faculty Senator. At the departmental level he serves on the Curriculum and Awards Committees, and was influential on the restructuring of the new Biological Engineering Curriculum. He also serves on the subcommittees relating to ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accreditation and mathematics requirements for departmental graduate students. Richard is Program Evaluator for ABET. Richard is also on the Executive Board for the Florida Section of ASABE.