Brian Fabien

I am thrilled to welcome you to the Shiley School of Engineering for the 2020-2021 Academic Year!

Rest assured, our faculty and staff have been hard at work, preparing to resume in-person instruction that safeguards the health and well-being of all community members, while still delivering the same world-class engineering education that is the hallmark of the Shiley School.

This is a challenging time for all of us. The COVID-19 pandemic has created many heart-rending losses and hardships, and recent nationwide protesting has highlighted pervasive and lingering racial injustice in our society.

However, there is no place that I would rather be.

I am honored to be a member of the University of Portland community. It's clear to me that everyone at UP is committed to educating the whole student, not just the mind and the hands but also the heart.

I am confident that together, we will rise to overcome the societal challenges that we face. As Father Poorman has said, we are called to be “people with hope to bring” - and now is the time that our hope, our courage, and our resourcefulness is most needed.

I am proud to lead the Shiley School of Engineering. By focusing on liberal arts as the foundation of engineering education, we are training the next generation of leaders who will have the technical skills, civic responsibility, and cultural awareness required to solve our societal challenges. The late Donald P. Shiley embodied the key characteristics to which all engineering professionals aspire – intelligence, common sense, creativity, curiosity, broad-mindedness, pragmatism, innovation, persistence, and entrepreneurship. He was a true ‘maker’ and avid practitioner of active learning long before the rise of the ‘Maker Movement.’ His commitment and passion led to the creation of the Bjork-Shiley heart valve, which saved over a million lives. We all have good reason to be “Shiley Proud!”

Brian C. Fabien, Ph.D.