us to use our facilities. We’ve really been able to spread our wings in what has become one of the hottest areas of research in electrical engineering.”

Why Maseeh makes a difference: “Learning from a textbook matters, but what you really need to learn is how to work with other people and communicate your results. In my classes, I foster collaboration and encourage people to work together in creative ways. The dynamic learning environments at Maseeh help students grow and adapt when they start working in the real world.”



Learning at Maseeh: “We take a holistic approach to education here. When I bring students down to my lab, they’re inquisitive. They ask questions, talk to other students, explore the equipment. They want to know about the projects. It’s an exciting environment, with a lot of opportunities to get involved.”


My Portland: “There’s so much my husband and I do in Portland. My husband is a big beer aficionado. We both love the wine and food scene. The music scene is great, too. Honestly, we have it all here.”


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What keeps me at Maseeh: “I founded NEAR-Lab, and we’ve really grown. While MIT and UW are strong institutions, I find Maseeh to be a much more dynamic and changing place. You have the freedom to develop a vision and follow it. I love living and working in Portland, and being such an integrated part of the city itself.”


What’s exciting about my work: “Underwater terahertz research was in its infancy when I arrived. No one knew how to build instruments yet. We were able to secure grants, and now we have one of the best equipped terahertz labs in the country. Outside companies come to