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Dr. Fariborz Maseeh, Visionary Alumnus

In spring 2004, then PSU President Daniel O. Bernstine and Dr. Fariborz Maseeh, founder and president of The Massiah Foundation, announced the largest gift in Portland State University's history — $8 million to the College of Engineering and Computer Science. With this gift, it became the Fariborz Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science.

The $8 million gift was designated for the construction of the Northwest Center for Engineering, Science and Technology at Portland State, established two professorships, five student fellowships, and an endowment for the dean of the Maseeh College. 

Maseeh, a first-generation immigrant born in Iran, received both his B.S. in Structural Engineering and M.S. in Mathematics from PSU before earning a doctorate of science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1990. Maseeh is an internationally known expert in the field of micro-technology (also known as MEMS) and is the founder and former president and chief executive officer of IntelliSense Corporation, based in Wilmington, Mass.

Under his leadership, IntelliSense became the first custom design, development and manufacturing MEMS operation and became the world's fastest-growing MEMS corporation, twice named to both The New England Technology Fast 50 and The Forbes Fast 50

In 2000, IntelliSense was acquired by Corning, Inc., after which Maseeh founded an investment management firm located in Southern California and The Massiah Foundation. The Foundation's mission is to make significant improvements in education, health, arts, literature and science.

Maseeh has published numerous scientific articles on topics such as business strategy, fabrication technologies and design and software for MEMS, in addition to securing a number of patents and trademarks. He currently serves on the boards of several technology firms, engineering schools -including the University of California at Irvine and the University of Southern California; and non-profit organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club of Boston and the Children's Hospital of Orange County Foundation for Children.