Computer Scientist David Maier Selected as PSU's Maseeh Professor of Emerging Technologies
Author: Jeanie-Marie Price, Office of Marketing and Communications (503-725-3773).
Posted: May 23, 2005

Portland State University Professor David Maier, an internationally recognized expert on database systems, has been selected as the first Maseeh Professor of Emerging Technologies in the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science.

Maier joined the PSU faculty in September 2004 after 22 years at Oregon Health & Science University’s OGI School of Science & Engineering.

“In our quest for excellence, endowed professorships such as the Maseeh Professorship of Emerging Technologies assist us in attracting the top academic talent needed to advance the Maseeh College’s initiative of being regionally relevant and internationally prominent in a select core of disciplines that are most important to the current and future needs of industry,” said Dean Robert D. Dryden.

The Maseeh Professorship of Emerging Technologies was established in 2004 to support the Maseeh College’s efforts in the field of emerging technologies, one of its top research priorities.

“The department is delighted to have Professor Maier on its faculty,” said Cynthia Brown, Department of Computer Science professor and chair. “Not only is he a well-known database researcher, but also a wonderful teacher and mentor for our students.”

David MaierOn April 28, Prof. Maier gave the Maseeh Professor of Emerging Technologies Lecture, entitled “Taming the Information Jungle,” to an audience at PSU comprised of academics as well as leaders in Portland’s business, engineering and technology community. His lecture examined “superimposed information” as a means for computer users to group, annotate, classify, excerpt, link, recombine and otherwise enhance electronic documents. While search engines, digital libraries and file sharing give the means to locate an unprecedented variety of documents in electronic form—there is still a need to comprehend, organize and manipulate the documents found.

David Maier, who teaches courses in the Department of Computer Science, has authored books on relational databases, logic programming and object-oriented databases, as well as papers on database theory, object-oriented technology and scientific databases. He received a Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation in 1984 and was awarded the 1997 Special Interest Group on Management of Data Innovations Award for his contributions in objects and databases. He is also an Association for Computing Machinery Fellow. Maier holds a B.A. in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Oregon and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University.

The Maseeh Professor of Emerging Technologies was established in 2004 with a $500,000 gift by Dr. Fariborz Maseeh’s The Massiah Foundation, as part of the Foundation’s $8 million to PSU’s Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science. In addition to the Maseeh Professor of Emerging Technologies, this gift—the largest in Portland State University’s history—is being used to help fund the construction of the Northwest Center for Engineering, Science and Technology, the Maseeh Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, five student fellowships and an endowment for the dean of the Maseeh College. The gift is a part of the University’s $100 million Building Our Future Campaign, helping the University to enrich research and teaching, ensure student success and increase its leadership in those areas that are most vital to our community.

Maseeh, a first-generation immigrant born in Iran, received both his B.S. in Structural Engineering and M.S. in Mathematics from Portland State before earning a doctorate of science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1990. Maseeh, an internationally known expert in the field of micro-technology (also known as MEMS), is the founder and former president and chief executive officer of IntelliSense Corporation, based in Wilmington, Mass. In 2000, IntelliSense was acquired by Corning, Inc., after which Maseeh founded an investment management firm located in Southern California. He is also the founder and president of The Massiah Foundation.

Located in the heart of Oregon’s Silicon Forest, Portland State University’s Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science is uniquely positioned to deliver progressive engineering and computer science education. By teaming with regional industry and government, faculty members in its five departments—Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering and Technology Management, and Mechanical and Materials Engineering—keep the curriculum current and prepare PSU students to make an immediate contribution to the workforce through participation in Senior Capstone design projects, internships and research opportunities. During the 2004–05 academic year, the Maseeh College had a total enrollment of nearly 2,000 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs, a 57-percent increase since 1999.

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Pamela Gesme Miller (503-725-8135)
Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science

For Immediate Release (#05-080)