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5 Things To Know About PSU's New President


Rahmat Shoureshi, 64, became the ninth president of Portland State University in August 2017.

Rahmat Shoureshi, 64, became the ninth president of Portland State University in August 2017.

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The ninth president of Portland State University, Rahmat Shoureshi, started work Monday, Aug. 14. Formerly the interim president and provost at New York Institute of Technology, Shoureshi brings a background in engineering and entrepreneurship to Portland.

Here’s what else you should know about Shoureshi, 64, as he begins his five-year contract.

He Rose From Humble Beginnings To Attend An Elite University In Tehran

Shoureshi’s parents couldn’t read or write, he said in a 2010 commencement speech at the University of Denver, where Shoureshi served as dean of the college of engineering and computer science. But he got his undergraduate degree at the MIT of Iran, Sharif University of Technology (the same university that produced the only woman to win the prestigious Fields Medal for math). Shoureshi then got his MA and Ph.D in mechanical engineering from the actual MIT.

Read more at The Portland Tribune.

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