Meet Rahmat Shoureshi

Dr. Rahmat Shoureshi, is the President of Portland State University, one of the Most Innovative Universities in the Nation. Dr. Shoureshi leads a university of nearly 28,000 students, 7,200 faculty and staff, with an economic impact of $1.5 billion.

At PSU, President Shoureshi has focused on student success by expanding research, experiential learning, and study-abroad opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. Dr. Shoureshi’s encouragement of cross-disciplinary collaboration and industry partnerships has resulted in faculty creating innovative Centers of Excellence that will offer research-based solutions to some of the most pressing problems of our era, while fueling the economic development engine of the region. 

Prior to PSU, Dr. Shoureshi served the New York Institute of Technology as provost and vice president for academic affairs, then interim president. At NYIT, he drove research funding to an all-time high, ran four global campuses, established degree partnerships in eight countries and oversaw the establishment of several cross-disciplinary degree programs, including a master’s degree in Leadership in the Arts and Entertainment Industries. 

Professor Shoureshi held faculty positions at Wayne State University (2 years) and Purdue University (11 years) before joining the faculty of the Colorado School of Mines, as the G.A. Dobelman Endowed Chair Professor of Engineering. He also served as the founding chairman of School of Mines’ Engineering Systems Graduate Program, the chair of the CSM Bioengineering and Life Sciences Program, chair of the CSM Think Tank, CSM Academy, and the director of three NSF and industry funded cross-disciplinary research centers. As Associate Vice President for Technology Transfer, Dr. Shoureshi established a technology incubator and spin-off companies.

Dr. Shoureshi joined the University of Denver as the dean of the School of Engineering & Computing Science in 2003 and served until 2011, establishing the first Mechatronic Systems Engineering program in the United States. He led the effort in developing tailor-made degree programs for such corporations as Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. He was among the leadership team that led the development of Biotechnology, Information Technology, and Nanotechnology business sectors in the State of Colorado. 

President Shoureshi completed his graduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), earning a master’s degree and a doctorate. His area of expertise is Automation, Artificial Intelligence, and Control Systems Design with applications in: system diagnostics, robotics, biomedical engineering, energy/power systems, structural engineering and automotive engineering. He is an American Society of Mechanical Engineers Fellow, and a 2018 recipient of Ellis Island Medal of Honor. 

The results of Dr. Shoureshi’s research have significantly contributed to American companies in several sectors. He holds nine U.S. patents, has published over 220 technical and scientific articles, and has supervised nearly 90 master’s and Ph.D. students’ theses. He was among the pioneers of the ideas behind intelligent buildings and smart appliances and developed noise and vibration cancellation technology that is used in cars and on airplanes. In 1987, his innovative ideas earned him the American Automatic Control Council Eckman Award. He was the first Mechanical Engineer to receive this honor.

Paige Parker, University Communication