Richard L. Corsi, Ph.D., P.E.

H. Chik M. Erzurumlu Dean

Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science

Portland State University



House plants and indoor air quality

Let me begin with an admission.  I like indoor plants.  Throughout my career I have usually had one large plant in my work office.  Plants are nice to look at, and visitors often comment on the “nice plant.”  But while I like indoor plants, and suspect that they have some benefit in terms of psychological […]

The Dose Makes the (risk of) Infection

As the number of inhaled viruses or aerosol particles that contain the virus increases, the probability of infection increases. As such, we should be paying attention to inhaled dose, or better yet inhaled deposited dose, as a value that we want to reduce for scenarios involving two or more persons in an indoor space. I […]


Dr. Richard Corsi is Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Portland State University.  Over 25 years prior to his current position he was a Professor, Department Chair, and Endowed Chair in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.  Dr. Corsi is past Director of an NSF IGERT program entitled Indoor Environmental Science & Engineering – A New Frontier, and current President of the Academy of Fellows of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate.  His research on indoor air quality spans studies of liquid-air mass transfer processes, interaction of pollutants and materials, building decontamination chemistry, and novel strategies for reducing the exposure of building occupants to indoor pollutants. He has been honored as a Distinguished Alumnus of Humboldt State University (2006) and of the College of Engineering at the University of California, Davis (2016), and as a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers at the University of Texas at Austin.