University of Portland

Shaz Vijlee PhD

Shiley School of Engineering, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Associate Professor

Shaz Vijlee PhD



Shiley Hall 226

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Shazib (Shaz) Vijlee is the Associate Dean, Academic Affairs and an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Portland's Donald P. Shiley School of Engineering. He has Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas (Austin). He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington (Seattle). He has held various positions in industry (Boeing Phantom Works) and government (Sandia National Labs and Air Force Research Labs).

Dr. Vijlee has been at the University of Portland since 2014. At UP, he teaches lecture and laboratory courses on introduction to engineering, thermal systems, combustion, capstone, and engineering economics. He researches the combustion of alternative fuels, the thermal conversion of biomass, and energy utilization in the developing world. He serves to advance curriculum initiatives, global engagement, and engineering education, particularly focusing on the transition from high school to college for students from all backgrounds. As Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, he focuses on student support and development and the holistic university experience.


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington at Seattle
  • M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
  • B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

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