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Meet Chik Erzurumlu
Meet Chik Erzurumlu

H. Chik M. Erzurumlu, Dean Emeritus, Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science

As founding dean of what is now known as the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science, H. Chik M. Erzurumlu, Ph.D., P.E., has provided the guiding influence in transforming a pre-engineering program at Portland State into a college of engineering and computer science that has over 1200 majors enrolled in B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degree programs. Recently, as part of an $8 million gift to the Maseeh College from one of Dr. Erzurumlu's former students, Dr. Fariborz Maseeh, he was honored by the establishment of an endowment for the Dean of the Maseeh College, known as the H. Chik M. Erzurumlu Dean. In 2004, the name of the college was changed to the Fariborz Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science in recognition of Dr. Maseeh's gift.

Dr. Erzurumlu received his Professional Degree from the Technical University of Istanbul in 1957, his M.S. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1962, and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1970, all in Civil Engineering. He joined Portland State in 1962 as an instructor of engineering in what was then the Department of Applied Science. In 1974 the term "engineering" was added to become the Department of Engineering and Applied Science. In 1980 the Division of Engineering and Applied Science was formed and Dr. Erzurumlu was named Head of the Division. In 1982 the School of Engineering and Applied Science was formed and Dr. Erzurumlu was named Dean, a position he held until 1995.

As an active professor of Civil Engineering for the Maseeh College, Dr. Erzurumlu continues to publish, present, and conduct research. He has over 30 publications in topics ranging from structural engineering to professional practice and has presented at regional, national, and international conferences.

Dr. Erzurumlu has held several leadership positions in the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), including service on the NSPE Professional Engineers in Education (NSPE/PEE) Board of Governors, vice chair of the NSPE/PEE Western and Pacific Region, secretary of NSPE/PEE Executive Board, chair of NSPE/PEE, and member of the NSPE Board of Directors. He was recently named a Fellow of the NSPE, a recognition honoring active NSPE members who have demonstrated exemplary service to the profession, the society, and the community.

Dr. Erzurumlu is also a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE), and has held numerous leadership positions in ASCE, including president of the ASCE Oregon Section. He currently serves on the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology), representing ASCE, and the ASCE Committee on Academic Prerequisites for Professional Practice.

While busy with a productive professional career, Dr. Erzurumlu has contributed significantly to the efforts of local community groups, serving in volunteer positions of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, the City Club of Portland, the Rotary club of Portland, the American Electronics Association Oregon Council, and the Portland City Planning Commission.

Dr. Erzurumlu is an avid tennis player. He and his wife, Ulku, live in the Portland area and enjoy traveling.