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Creating new technology
Creating new technology


2011 Outstanding Young Alumnus

Nabil Mistkawi PhD ’10


In February while visiting Intel in Hillsboro, President Barack Obama singled out engineer and PSU alumnus Nabil Mistkawi. The honor was appropriate. Mistkawi developed a process for the production of computer chips that has saved Intel millions of dollars, is better for the environment, and became the topic for his Ph.D. dissertation.

Mistkawi began his U.S. education at Chemeketa Community College (where he met his wife and improved his English). After finishing his undergraduate degree at University of Oregon with honors, Mistkawi received a letter from Intel saying that they wanted to talk to him about joining their research department. While he had considered going to medical school, the opportunity to work in research at a first-class company that would pay for his advanced education was irresistible.

Mistkawi developed the new production process in three days while simultaneously working at Intel, going to school at PSU, and raising three young daughters with his wife, who also works full time.

Mistkawi holds nine patents at Intel, and says he benefited greatly from his mentors, including Shankar Rananavare, his PSU adviser and now close personal friend.

“In my long career, I never had a student whose science led to creation of a major product that made new technology possible, and it is an environmentally friendly product that is in use today,” says Rananavare.