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Microsoft CEO, Gov. Kulongoski to Cut Ribbon on New Engineering Building, May 9
Author: David Santen, Office of Marketing and Communications (503-725-8789)
Posted: May 4, 2006

What:
Portland State University will celebrate the grand opening of the new engineering building in the Northwest Center for Engineering, Science and Technology (1930 SW Fourth Ave.) with a ribbon cutting ceremony and a host of luminaries: Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski; Steven A. Ballmer, Microsoft Corporation Chief Executive Officer; Fariborz Maseeh, The Massiah Foundation founder and president; Dan Bernstine, Portland State University president; and Robert Dryden, dean of Portland State’s Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science.

When:
May 9, 2006. Registration 9 a.m. Speakers at 10 a.m. and department open houses at 10:45 a.m. Media must arrive by 9:45 a.m.

Where:
Engineering Building, Northwest Center for Engineering, Science and Technology (1930 SW Fourth Ave., Portland, Ore.).

Cost:
The event is invitation only. Media planning on attending the dedication should contact David Santen, Office of Marketing and Communications at Portland State (503-725-8789; santend@pdx.edu) by noon on Monday, May 8. A campus-wide open house will be held from noon until 3 p.m.

Contact:
Pamela Gesme Miller, Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science, 503-725-8135;
Doreen O’Skea, Waggener Edstrom, Microsoft Public Relations, 503-443-7363.

Background:
Portland State University’s new engineering building in the Northwest Center for Engineering, Science and Technology is a key element of the University’s increased emphasis on engineering, science and technology, enhancing interaction and learning within the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science in order to serve more students, increase research funding, and expand industry collaborations. The 130,000 square-foot facility includes classrooms, offices and 41 research and teaching labs. Its environmentally sustainable design is on track for Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.

In partnership with the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science, Microsoft will be launching the Microsoft Innovation Center, providing a focal point for showcasing and learning about the latest software solutions created by developers throughout the Northwest and Portland State students.

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For Immediate Release (#06-076)