Portland State University is the state’s only urban public university, offering liberal arts and sciences programs, and professional programs in business, education, engineering, social work, and urban and public affairs, in the heart of downtown Portland.
Rahmat Shoureshi (pronounced Shoe-re-she) was named the 9th president of Portland State University May 15, 2017 and formally began serving in his new role on August 14, 2017.
An experienced administrator and innovative academic who considers his work with students his greatest accomplishment. Shoureshi brings to PSU nearly four decades of academic experience, a record of expanding research opportunities, and a history of inspiring faculty collaboration.
A mechanical engineer, Shoureshi has been a university administrator, researcher and academic for 38 years. He joined the New York Institute of Technology in 2011 as its provost and vice president for academic affairs and was appointed its interim president in January 2017.
Shoureshi earned a master’s degree and a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is an expert in automation, control systems design, and artificial intelligence; holds nine U.S. patents for biomedical and engineering systems, sensors and devices; and has authored more than 250 technical publications.
He has overseen all aspects of operations, academic programs and faculty of NYIT, which has two campuses in New York, two medical schools, four global campuses and joint degree programs in eight countries.