Faculty Faction: Dr. Richard Deschenes

Dr. DeschenesDr. Richard Deschenes is an Assistant Professor in the Civil/Environmental and Chemical Engineering Department. He graduated with his Bachelors, Masters, and PhD degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Arkansas Fayetteville. He was born in New Hampshire but later moved to Maine for 4 years, and then moved to Arkansas for 10 years before coming to Ohio.

This is Dr. Deschenes first university teaching experience. “I have always been interested in teaching and academia,” said Dr. Deschenes. “I felt that YSU had that perfect balance of research and teaching for me.”

He enjoys that YSU does not stress research as heavily as many other big-name colleges in the country. Dr. Deschenes wants to focus on teaching in his first few years at YSU. He is excited to get to interact more with his students because of our smaller class sizes. He wants to promote more practicality in his courses, especially in lower level courses where the students usually do not have the opportunity to be hands-on.

“I believe that having more practical classes will help students to build a strong foundation for their future,” said Dr. Deschenes.

He also plans to begin his research in concrete durability and structural engineering. With that being said, he also wants to apply for research grants, both public and private, so that he can provide funding to his student researchers.

This semester, Dr. Deschenes is teaching Statics for engineering students as well as Structural Analysis 1 and its Lab. In the spring, he will be teaching Statics again, but will move forward to teaching Strength of Materials Lab and Structural Analysis 2.

In the future, Dr. Deschenes wants to get involved with the Higher Learning Commission accreditation at YSU and to stay involved in the university while also maintaining ABET accreditation for the Civil Engineering Department. He also wants to potentially co-advise the YSU Student Chapter of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) with the department head, Dr. Islam. He then plans to help establish a student chapter of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) here at YSU.

Dr. Deschenes spends his free time jogging and hiking. He also enjoys cheering on the New England Patriots and the Boston Red Sox. He has 9 siblings, 8 of which are younger than him. And, he’s not the only civil engineer in his family! Two of his siblings are also civil engineers. Isn’t that cool?

To reach Dr. Deschenes, you can email him at radeschenes@ysu.edu, or visit him during his office hours from 9:30am to 11:15am on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.