(Portland, Ore.) February 18, 2011 - Portland State University alum was Nabil Mistkawi highlighted in
President Obama's speech today at Intel.
Nabil is a PSU graduate and full-time Intel employee, who invented a one-of-a-kind chemical formulation that enables sub-50 nanometer (nm) process technology for advanced microprocessors manufacturing. This novel and environmentally friendly chemical formulation saves Intel tens of millions of dollars annually.
"After working with so many other employees with doctorate degrees," said Obama, "Nabil decided to go back to school and get his PhD in chemistry at Portland State University...an investment in education that paid off in a big way for Nabil, for Intel, for the millions of workers and consumers who benefitted from that discovery."
Obama went on to say that "stories like this give me hope. Stories like this give me confidence that America
will win the future."
PSU and Intel have a long relationship and they hire more graduates from PSU than any other Oregon
Obama also discussed education and the need for more support to help students succeed, especially in
science, technology, engineering and math.
Students from Portland State University's (PSU) MESA program, one of Intel's science, technology,
engineering and math education programs (STEM) were also invited to meet Obama.
The MESA, math engineering and science achievement, mission is to provide students underrepresented in
the fields of mathematics, engineering, science and technology with the skills, knowledge and opportunities to
develop their talents, explore technology-based careers, enter college and compete successfully in the
"It is estimated that in the next 10 years, a majority of our engineering and science workforce will retire," said
David Coronado, director of the MESA. "There is a critical need to fill the pipeline with a new generation of
engineers and scientists to fill this gap. There is also a critical need to diversify the workforce with companies
like Intel seeking qualified diverse employees."
PSU's long partnership with Intel highlights an effective k-16 model of generating and supporting the
development of the next generation of innovators. "Without support from organizations like Intel," said
Coronado, "programs like MESA could not have the impact that we have."
About Portland State University (PSU)
Located in Portland, Oregon, PSU has about 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students, making it the
largest university in Oregon. PSU's motto is "Let Knowledge Serve the City," and we provide every student
with opportunities to work with businesses, schools and organizations on real-world projects. Our downtown
campus showcases PSU's commitment to sustainability with green buildings.