Newsmaker: Rick Deschamps
Noteworthy: Deschamps is the 2014 recipient of the American Society of Civil Engineering's Wallace Hayward Baker Award for his work in geotechnical engineering, which studies the behavior of earth materials during construction on or in the ground. Dr. Antonio Bobet, a professor of civil engineering at Purdue University, nominated Deschamps.
Residence : Prosperity, Morris Township, Washington County.
Family : Wife, Kim, and children, JT and Allie.
Occupation : Vice president of engineering at Nicholson Construction Co. in South Fayette.
Background: He has worked at Nicholson for the past 10 years, serving as manager and then vice president of engineering. He previously was on the civil engineering faculty at Purdue, and worked at FMSM Engineers Inc. of Lexington, Ky.
Education : Bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering from the University of South Florida in 1988. Ph.D. in geotechnical engineering from Purdue University in 1993.
Quote : “It's an honor to receive this award, and I'm humbled to have been nominated for it by my peers.”
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