what business is really like. Getting practical educational experiences is a big deal. Maseeh is producing engineers who are not only competent, but who can understand the economics of a project, can speak in public, and can work with different kinds of people.”


The value of good listeners: “Something that has really impressed me is how the college and university responds to student feedback. We are given opportunities to talk about what we think could be done to improve the educational experience, and then we see a difference. The school takes action, finds a solution, and implements it."

Sometimes large institutions can be inflexible, but Portland State is always finding ways to improve.”


Tips for future Maseeh students: “Get involved in student organizations as much as you can. These organizations are the best places to learn all the skills you might not get in a classroom, and you start to realize what you can do with your degree. There are a lot of good options. And be sure to explore all parts of the city. Every neighborhood has a unique flavor. There’s so much to see and experience.”


Return to the beginning of Theo Malone's story

Living and working beyond borders: “Part of why I chose to pursue engineering was to play a part in solving global challenges. I got involved with Engineers Without Borders (EWB) because I saw it as an opportunity for collaboration. My experiences in Nicaragua and Ecuador with EWB showed me how business, global health, community development, and engineering all overlap. I learned how to work within those different disciplines to find solutions.”


Preparing for real-world scenarios: “The Innovation Program at Maseeh is so valuable. It really does foster an atmosphere of innovation and provides a microcosm of