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Engineering Classroom Renamed to Honor Longtime PSU Faculty Member Dr. Franz Rad
Author: Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science
Posted: November 12, 2019
On October 2, 2019, Portland State University's Engineering Building Classroom 92 took on a new name – the Franz Rad Classroom. The classroom is named in honor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor, Dr. Franz Rad, who has been teaching and advising PSU engineering students for nearly 50 years.
 
“We are proud to officially name this classroom for one of our own,” said Dr. Richard Corsi, Dean of the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Sciences. “After all, Dr. Rad is pretty rad.”

In his 45-year career at Portland State University, Dr. Franz Rad has had an unparalleled impact on the department, university, and on generations of students. An expert in the seismic vulnerability of buildings in urban areas, he is widely consulted by professionals and policymakers for his expertise in mitigating earthquake damage to city structures. Over more than four decades, he has touched the lives of thousands of engineering students who consider him a mentor and friend.

One such student is Fariborz Maseeh, who chose to name the classroom in honor of his former teacher. Dr. Maseeh is a PSU alum and internationally known expert in the field of micro-electromechanical systems. He has made transformational philanthropic investments in scholarships, fellowships, endowed professorships and capital projects at PSU resulting in the creation of the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science.

“Dr. Rad was the person behind my success,” said Maseeh at the naming ceremony. “I will never forget his great support and I am proud to name this classroom in his honor.”

Friends, colleagues, and former students gathered with Fariborz Maseeh for the surprise dedication of the classroom. Located on the lower level of the engineering building, the Franz Rad classroom was chosen because it is one of the most used teaching spaces in the engineering building. Almost every student who attends the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science will likely take at least one course in this classroom at some point in their career.