Richardson was selected to represent the Dwight Look College of Engineering based on his impressive academic record and outstanding character.
"Beginning with his application to our graduate program, I have been impressed with Will's professionalism, drive for excellence, and ability to communicate," said Richardson's advisor, Dr. James E. Moore Jr., who was responsible for initiating the nomination.
Richardson works in Moore's Vascular Biomechanics Lab, and his research involves investigating the role of mechanical stress gradients on smooth muscle cell responses, including phenotype modulation, cellular migration, cellular alignment, and protein transcription.
"Will is a highly intelligent, hard working person who is driven to succeed while giving a significant portion of his time to his community. Will is certain to make a real impact on the field of biomedical engineering and his community," Moore said.