About Oregon MESA

Serving students since 1985.


To provide students underrepresented in the fields of mathematics, engineering, science, and technology with the skills, knowledge, and opportunities to develop their talents, explore technology-based careers, enter college, and compete successfully in the workforce.



Oregon MESA was founded in 1985 on the belief that access to a STEM education and exposure to successful role models can irrevocably change the course of an underrepresented student’s life.

From the beginning, we knew we needed to meet students where they already were: at school. We knew we had to not only show them the paths available, but also instill in them the confidence that they would be successful in their educational pursuits. We have proven time and time again that the most powerful tool we can give to students is the opportunity to try unique approaches without the fear of failure.


Oregon MESA serves middle and high school students historically underrepresented in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Underrepresented students are defined as students of color, girls, recent immigrants and refugees, impoverished populations, and first generation college students. We currently have MESA programs in schools in the Portland metro-area and Salem.


Partnering with PSU:

Oregon MESA was started at Portland State University in 1985 - under the name Portland MESA. We have since partnered with PSU, allowing our students exposure to postsecondary academic programs and other opportunities hosted by the university.


Where We Are Located:

Our administrative office is located at the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science at Portland State University.