Intel is the Portland region's largest private employer - with over 15,000 employees - and a critical ally for Portland State University. Together, Intel and PSU are training the next generation of engineers and spurring advances in science and technology.
Portland Metro STEM Partnership
The Portland Metro STEM Partnership is a regional collaboration of public and private organizations with a shared goal of transforming science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in the region’s K-12 schools. Through the development and implementation of innovative STEM teaching and learning practices, and while advancing Oregon’s 40-40-20 goal for education, all Oregon students will develop the necessary scientific literacy and technological knowledge they need to excel as citizens of our increasingly complex world. Read more about the Portland Metro STEM Partnership
Intel Northwest Science Expo
The Northwest Science Exposition System (NWSES) is a consortium of student science, math, and engineering project competitions formed in the summer of 2003. NWSES is the source of Team Oregon, the students chosen to represent Oregon at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) each year. The system is comprised of 7 regional fairs and one statewide fair, the Intel Northwest Science Expo. NWSES is affiliated with the Intel ISEF, the world's largest international pre-college science competition, which is a program of the Society for Science and the Public. The Center for Science Education at Portland State University administers the NWSES by providing leadership and support.
The mission of the NWSES is to develop scientific talent and promote science literacy in Oregon students by providing a structure and a venue for presenting high quality student research. The NWSES encourages students to learn science, engineering and math by engaging in the activities that characterize these endeavors. Encouraging girls, economically disadvantaged youth, and underrepresented minorities in the careers of science, technology, engineering or math is important to NWSES. Read more about the NWSES
The Oregon MESA Program
Oregon MESA (Math, Engineering, Science Achievement) is a pre-college academic program that makes achievement in STEM fields a reality for more students. Middle and high school MESA students learn by working in teams, conducting scientific research, building hands-on projects and participating in internships. The MESA Partnership Model connects students, teachers, schools, and families with universities, community colleges, industry and government. MESA works closely with industry partners, including Intel, which recognize the program’s ability to prepare the diverse technical professionals needed by companies to maintain their global competitive advantage.
With the support of Intel, Oregon MESA hosted its Computer Science Investigators (CSI) Camp on Aug 29 and 30, 2011 at Portland State University. Fourteen students from the Portland metro area participated in a hands-on investigative camp that allowed them the opportunity to spend time on a university campus, learn about computer science and computer engineering. Read more about the Oregon MESA Partnership Model
Intel Vietnam Scholars Program
The Intel Vietnam Scholars program provides new leaders for the Intel plant in Vietnam. For the first year of the program, 28 Vietnamese juniors came to PSU, while during the second year 22 juniors came from Vietnam. These scholars each spend 2 years at PSU studying Engineering and receive their degrees from PSU. The summer prior to their first academic year at PSU, the scholars participate in the Summer Bridge Program which helps prepare them for the PSU Engineering curriculum. Intel pays for all tuition, room and board, books and materials, and some incidental money on the condition that the scholars will return to Vietnam and work at Intel in Vietnam for a minimum of three years.
Intel is sponsoring this program because of its long-term commitment to train a technical pipeline of well-educated employees at Intel Vietnam. Intel chose PSU as the host-institution because PSU already works closely with Intel and has a relationship with Vietnam from working closely with the Ministry of Education and Training and the University of Science on an advanced training program in computer science, among other reasons. The selection of PSU affirms the rising stature of PSU in the eyes of industry and academic partners around the world. Read more about the Vietnam Scholars Program
Summer Bridge Program
The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Summer Bridge Program for incoming freshman and transfer students from underrepresented groups (Latino/a, African American, Native American and Pacific Islander) who are interested in majoring in science and engineering provides tips on how to survive the rigors of studies in STEM. The program is part of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation innitiative and is supported by Intel and the National Science Foundation. As part of the program, Intel invited the students to their Hillsboro campus to see some of the jobs that can come with degrees in science and engineering. Read more about the Summer Bridge Program
Intel Teach – Teachers’ Training
Portland State University offers graduate credit through the Graduate School of Education for teachers who complete one of two Intel Teach Program offerings. The program includes two free professional development courses for teachers focused on the integration of computer technology to enhance student learning. Read more about the Intel Teach initiative
President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness
On August 31, 2011 the President’s Council on Jobs held a Listening Session at PSU on public and private-sector responses to a shortage of engineers in America. The main goal of the Council is to bolster the US economy by fostering jobs creation, innovation, growth, and competitiveness as the country enters a new phase of economic recovery. One of the ways they aim to do this is by graduating more US educated engineers. This listening session was an opportunity for Deans of Engineering schools and business leaders to share their thoughts on these issues.
Intel CEO, Paul Otellini, is on the President’s Council and sat on the panel at the listening session. Intel committed to doubling engineering internships in 2012. As the third largest supplier of employees to Intel in the US, PSU is nicely situated to benefit from these additional internships. Ren Su, Dean of the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science, also sat on the panel at the listening session. Read more about PSU and Intel at the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness