Fariborz Maseeh ’80, MS ’84 explains his philanthropic philosophy this way: “Invest in good causes for public good just as you invest in any prudent venture.”
Fariborz found success as a pioneer in the field of micro-electro-mechanical systems. Today he oversees the Massiah Foundation, which puts the concept of philanthropic investment into practice. Through the foundation, he has become the largest individual donor to Portland State.
In 2005, he gave $8 million to the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science. Now he has invested $3.9 million in computational science, [http://www.pdx.edu/insidepsu/feature-masseeh] a discipline that allows researchers to model complex systems such as brain function, regional freeways, even climate change.
Fariborz’s investment in computation science will create graduates who can contribute to the well-being of the region, and it allows for industry partnerships that will advance economic development for Portland as well as the rest of the state.
Fariborz describes his desire to give back to Portland State in simple terms. “My choice is to help where I was helped,” he says. “You look for good managers, good operations, and high future potential. PSU has all three.”