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Fariborz Maseeh ScD '90

Member, MIT Corporation

Member, MIT Corporation

Fariborz Maseeh ScD '90
Member, MIT Corporation

An engineer and mathematician by training, Dr. Fariborz Maseeh is a pioneer in the field of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS). He is also an investor, a technology entrepreneur, and a venture philanthropist. He holds bachelors and masters degrees from Portland State University.  He also holds a doctor of science degree in civil engineering from M.I.T., is on the MIT School of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council, and has been a member of the MIT Corporation since 2012.  Dr. Maseeh has made enormous contributions to the growth and wellbeing of MIT over the past few years, by means of faculty chair endowments, seminal contributions to capital projects, and student scholarships. 

Highlights of this interview include:

  • His journey from a childhood growing up in Tehran, Iran to attending Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.
  • His family eventually followed him to Portland, Oregon and he spent time helping them resettle in the US.
  • Journey from Chicago to Boston to attend MIT for graduate school.  He got a summer job at the Microsystems Technology Laboratory and began doing research on MEMS.
  • He founded IntelliSense a year after completing his Ph.D. from MIT.
  • Began his philanthropic work by giving scholarships to students at Lawrence High School.
  • After selling IntelliSense to Corning he moved out of engineering and started training himself in finance.
  • Began “venture philanthropy” by applying business investment methods to making philanthropic investments.
  • How it came about that Maseeh Hall at MIT was named for him.


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