President's Report 2018

Sleeping Pod Village

Transforming lives

PSU President Rahmat ShoureshiPortland State University students are building a satellite that will be launched into orbit from the International Space Station. Wow, right? It's this type of real-life, research-based experience that molds tomorrow's innovative thinkers. In my six months as PSU's ninth president, I have met many students who are enjoying life-changing experiences thanks to creative faculty, talented researchers, and the University's collective spirit of service. Read more of President Rahmat Shoureshi's message.


Above and front page: Architecture students and faculty have helped plan, design and build a village of sleeping pods for homeless women in Portland's Kenton neighborhood and for homeless veterans in Clackamas County.

PSU Student Marisol FloresOffering free tuition

Eligible Oregon high school graduates like Marisol Flores attend Portland State tuition free thanks to the University's new Four Years Free program. A similar program, Transfers Finish Free, will cover qualifying Oregon resident transfer students in the fall.


Solving tomorrow's problems

New Centers of Excellence at PSU will bring together researchers and scholars from across disciplines to solve urgent problems facing our region and the nation. Successful collaborations on transportation and homelessness are already making an impact.


PSU Geology professor Andrew FountainResearching our world

Geology professor Andrew Fountain finds Antarctica one of the world's best laboratories for studying climate change and its effects. Faculty and student research improves the environmental, economic, and social well-being in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.


PSU music professor Darrell GrantEnergizing the arts

Our College of the Arts faculty and staff collaborate with students and the city's cultural institutions to energize and enrich Portland's creative community. Darrell Grant, music professor and acclaimed jazz musician, helps students find their voice.


PSU alumnus Pete DenmanDesigning with Intel

Intel employs 1,427 PSU graduates, including Pete Denman '98, a user experience designer who helped revamp the speech system used by world-renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking to communicate with the world.


OHSU-PSU School of Public Health student Travis HenkeJoining with OHSU

Travis Henke, a senior in the new OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, plans to become a physician and researcher. With more than 1,500 enrolled students, Portland State and Oregon Health & Science University are training the next generation of public health leaders.


PSU alumni at DaimlerPartnering with Daimler

Daimler Trucks North America and PSU have had a long, mutually beneficial relationship. In addition to employing 204 alumni, Daimler has helped shape curriculum in the business and engineering schools and sponsors a scholarship.


PSU alumna Megan ThomerWorking with Portland Public Schools

Megan Thomer MS'16 is one of 471 PSU graduates working for Portland Public Schools. A counselor at Faubion Elementary, she helps run a unique mental health program that offers children a full range of care for academic, health and social-service problems.


Karl Miller CenterIntroducing the Karl Miller Center

The School of Business at Portland State is the largest in Oregon, and its 3,500 students have a newly transformed home. After a $62 million renovation and expansion, the Karl Miller Center opened in fall with double the space and triple the number of classrooms.


TechfestNWOpening the Viking Pavilion

Viking Pavilion, the University's new regional event space in the Peter W. Stott Center, is slated to open in April. Its first signature event will be TechfestNW, an annual Oregon gathering of global startups, entrepreneurs and the tech community, scheduled for April 5-6.


PSU MBA students Rich Schwartz and Emma IngebretsenReaching out to business

MBA students Rich Schwartz and Emma Ingebretsen helped Portland's Nossa Familia Coffee roasters attain corporate sustainability certification. Students have consulted with over 100 local businesses, particularly those owned by women and minorities.


Best Colleges BadgeCelebrating innovation

For the third year in a row, PSU made the U.S. News and World Report's 10 most innovative universities list alongside such institutions as Stanford, Harvard and Duke. We are the only university named to the list from the Pacific Northwest.


PSU studentsInfluencing our region

With an array of degree-granting programs that include some of the nation's best in urban planning, social work, business, sustainability and undergraduate studies, Portland State meets the needs of Oregon's most diverse student body.