The National Academy of Engineering has elected Alumnus Fariborz Maseeh, who received a master’s degree in civil engineering in 2008 from UT Austin, to the Academy for 2023.

Election to the academy is among the highest professional distinctions bestowed upon an engineer. Membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to engineering research and practice, including pioneering new and developing fields of technology and making major advancements in the engineering field and profession. In all, 106 new members and 18 foreign members joined the NAE in 2023.

Fariborz Maseeh is an alumnus and chairman and managing principal at Surlamer Investments and The Massiah Foundation. He is being recognized for leadership and advances in efficient design, development and manufacturing of microelectromechanical systems and empowering engineering talent through public service. He founded the company IntelliSense Corp., one of the fastest-growing microelectromechanical systems and empowering engineering companies in the world at the time, which significantly reduced manufacturing time. IntelliSense was acquired by Corning in 2000. In addition to serving on several university boards, he has been recognized with the City of Portland Simon Benson Medal; the University of California, Irvine, Medal; the Portland State University Presidential Medal; and the Distinguished Engineering Graduate Award from the Cockrell School at UT Austin.