Fariborz Maseeh Selected for Ellis Island Medal of Honor
Author: Cindy Bernert-Coppola
Posted: March 28, 2006

MCECS_Maseeh.jpgFariborz Maseeh, Sc.D., has been selected as a recipient of the 2006 Ellis Island Medal of Honor. The award was established by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations, Inc. (NECO), to pay tribute to the ancestry groups that comprise America’s unique cultural mosaic. Past medalists include six U.S. Presidents as well as Nobel Prize winners and leaders of industry, education, the arts, sports and government. The award ceremony will be held in New York City in May 2006.

In spring 2004, PSU President Daniel O. Bernstine and Dr. Fariborz Maseeh, founder and president of The Massiah Foundation, announced the largest gift in Portland State University's history—$8 million from the Foundation to the College of Engineering and Computer Science. With this gift, the College was named the Fariborz Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science. An alumnus of the Maseeh College, Dr. Maseeh was elected to the Maseeh College Academy of Distinguished Alumni in Fall 2004 and serves on the Maseeh College Advisory Board.

Dr. Maseeh received both his B.S. (1980) in structural engineering and M.S. (1984) in mathematics from Portland State University before earning a doctorate of science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1990. He is an internationally known expert in the field of micro-technology and is the founder and former president and chief executive officer of IntelliSense Corporation.

For additional information on the Ellis Island Medals of Honor, visit the NECO Web site at