The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has identified fourteen Grand Challenges in topics spanning energy, health, safety, education, and our environment; many of these will be addressed and overcome by inspired engineers turning ideas into real products, companies, and solutions.

Through a generous gift from Fariborz Maseeh, the Viterbi School of Engineering runs the annual Maseeh Engineering Prize Competition (MEPC) to inspire our innovators to lead these transformations. MEPC offers mentoring and education, empowering innovators to create feasible business models.

The National Science Foundation further supports MEPC by offering $250 customer discovery grants to admitted teams. Admitted teams will be paired with mentors and are required to attend educational sessions.

View the MEPC Info Session Presentation.

Listen to the Viterbi Voices podcast to hear the Maseeh Entrepreneurship Prize Competition episode. Tune in for a fantastic episode about how Viterbi Students use their passions to tackle some of the most pressing issues of the world!

For further information, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions.

MEPC Finals Details

We are excited to be hosting the virtual 2021 MEPC Finals! Join us as our finalists will compete for over $100K in prizes on Friday April 16 at 2:30 PM PT (Pacific Time)!

Find all things MEPC Finals including team descriptions and how to RSVP at the link below!

Join the 2021 MEPC Finals

2021 Winner

The Massiah Foundation

The Massiah Foundation was established to provide charitable financial support to outstanding organizations with the potential to improve the future of humanity. Since its inception, the foundation has made significant contributions to various learning institutions, universities, children’s organizations, hospitals, cultural organizations, the arts, and general welfare organizations in the United States.

The Massiah Foundation seeks opportunities to make innovative, transformational or charitable contributions in areas within its expertise that can result in broad public benefit mainly in education, health, or arts/culture.

About Fariborz Maseeh

The Massiah Foundation’s founder and president, Fariborz Maseeh is at heart both a scientist and an entrepreneur. His undergraduate and graduate studies in the fields of mechanical engineering and applied mathematics inspired him to pursue the field of micro-electro mechanical systems (MEMS). In 1991 he founded IntelliSense with the vision to reduce the time and expense of creating next-generation MEMS devices that had broad industrial and humanitarian applications, from airplane landing gear to pace makers. As his company grew, so did his desire to give back to the community. Ever grateful to his inspiring teachers and educational institutions that nurtured his skills and dreams his philanthropy is inclined towards education, youth, scientific innovation, healthcare and culture.

Mr. Maseeh founded the Massiah Foundation in 2001 on the concept of venture philanthropy. This means that the Massiah Foundation targets unique opportunities to invest in entities that will have a lasting and broad impact. It also seeks to leverage its resources to attract co-investors from the community so that the goals of impact and longevity will be realized.

The Massiah Foundation mirrors Mr. Maseeh’s entrepreneurial spirit as he applies management principles to improve the value of the Foundation’s social investments. It also applies his solution-based approach toward innovation and finding unique opportunities to serve and unite people and their communities.


MEPC offers a grand prize of $50,000 to launch your startup.
Four finalists will win $50K in free legal services – $20K for first place, $15K for second place, $10K for third place, and $5K for fourth place.
All admitted teams will receive $250 to conduct customer discovery.  These grants are provided as reimbursements to qualified expenses, including travel and registration fees.

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Key Dates

0Sep 2020
Info session
0Nov 2020
Application Deadline
0Dec 2020
Kickoff + Orientation
0Dec 2020
Workshop #1
0Jan 2021
Workshop #2
0Jan 2021
Workshop #3
0Feb 2021
Workshop #4
0Feb 2021
Workshop #5
0Apr 2021

For Innovators

Innovator Code of Conduct

For Mentors

Mentor Code of Conduct


Competition Documents