Gerald Bernard Sheblé has been selected as the first Maseeh Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the PSU Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science. In January 2006 he moved to Portland State from Iowa State University (Ames) where he chaired the Electric & Power Energy System Program. Iowa State University has a long-standing international reputation for education and research in electric power engineering.
“In our quest for excellence, endowed professorships such as the Maseeh Professorship of Electrical and Computer Engineering assist us in attracting the top academic talent needed to advance the Maseeh College’s initiative of being regionally relevant and internationally prominent in a select core of disciplines that are most important to the current and future needs of the region,” said Dean Robert D. Dryden.
“Generation, distribution, and the search for new alternative sources of renewable energy are some of the most important challenges facing our society. ECE wants to become a leading regional force in bringing together researchers from engineering, economics, urban studies and public policy to develop new, integrated and innovative solutions to these challenging problems,” said Malgorzata Chrzanowska-Jeske, professor and ECE department chair.
Sheblé holds a B.S. (1971) and an M.S. (1974) in electrical engineering from Purdue University, a Ph.D. (1985) in electrical engineering from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and an M.B.A. (2001) from the University of Iowa. He has authored publications on capital budgeting and contract valuation methods, power network planning, risk assessment under various degrees of uncertainty, economic implications of the U.S. power market evolution, and structures and formulations for electric power auctions.
As liquid fossil fuels are depleted and alternative sources of energy become viable, along with more efficient means of storage, transportation and consumption, his research is focused on the application of classical optimization, artificial life techniques, and economic and financial analyses of these dynamics. His research also looks at the information requirements to value energy through the supply chain—at its source and as it is transported, converted to other energy forms, stored and consumed. Good information results in good valuation which enables the appropriate allocation, utilization, and development of new technologies. To these ends, educational materials and an Energy Systems Information Infrastructure Laboratory (ESI2 Lab) are being developed to disseminate the understanding of energy system economics at a level not previously achieved.
Sheblé’s basic premise is that engineers are builders, designers, and implementers of the physical and biological sciences, including the construction of the most wondrous of machines— the computer. This tool enables researchers to emulate, simulate, and evaluate the future condition of the physical and financial energy system environment to effectively present that information to business and society for justified implementation.
He was elected an IEEE Fellow in 1996 by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers “for contributions to the development of Auction Methods as an alternative to power system optimization methods addressing the de-regulation of the electric utility business.” IEEE, a non-profit organization, is the world’s leading professional association for the advancement of technology. He also is a member of the IEEE-USA Energy Policy Committee, an Honorary Faculty member of the University of Porto (Portugal) and an Erskine Fellow with the University of Canterbury (New Zealand).
The Maseeh Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering was established in 2004 by Dr. Fariborz Maseeh, founder and president of The Massiah Foundation, as part of the largest gift in Portland State University’s history—$8 million from the Foundation to PSU’s College of Engineering and Computer Science. In recognition of the gift, the College became the Fariborz Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science.
In addition to the Maseeh Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Maseeh’s gift is being used for the construction of the new engineering building in the Northwest Center for Engineering, Science and Technology; a second professorship called the Maseeh Professor of Emerging Technologies; 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 in electrical engineering 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. In 2000, IntelliSense was acquired by Corning, Inc., after which Maseeh founded an investment management firm in Southern California.
Located in the heart of Oregon’s Silicon Forest, PSU’s Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science is uniquely positioned to deliver progressive engineering and computer science education. By teaming with regional industry and government, faculty members keep the curriculum current and prepare PSU students to make an immediate contribution to the workforce through participation in Senior Capstone design projects, internships and research opportunities. During this academic year, the Maseeh College had a total enrollment of over 1,800 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs. ECE has over 600 students enrolled in the undergraduate programs of electrical engineering and of computer engineering, the Master of Science program and the Doctor of Philosophy program
The Maseeh College consists of five departments: Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering and Technology Management and Mechanical and Materials Engineering.