Director of Industry Affairs,
Bruce Schafer received an M.S.E.E. degree in Computer Science from the University of California. For approximately seven years he was an engineer and a manager at Intel Corporation where he became heavily involved in the development and marketing of Intel's real-time operating systems. In late 1982 Bruce founded Multisoft Corporation. Starting in 1986 Multisoft specialized in creating and marketing operating-system-enhancement software including the award-winning Super PC-Kwik disk cache. Multisoft was identified as number 183 in Inc. Magazine's 1990 listing of the 500 fastest growing U.S. private companies. In 1992 Multisoft changed its name to PC-Kwik Corporation to better align its identity with the widespread acceptance of its PC-Kwik family of products. In 1995 PC-Kwik became a subsidiary of Micro Design International. Bruce served as General Manager of this subsidiary until he resigned in March 1997.
From 1992 through 1996 Bruce served on the Board of the Software Association of Oregon (SAO), including a term as President in 1994. He has served as Chair of the SAO's Education Committee, Chair of the Master in Software Engineering Council, and Vice-Chair of the Oregon Engineering and Technology Industry Council. During 1997, Bruce served as an adjunct instructor for Oregon Graduate Institute, Oregon Institute of Technology, and Portland State University. From January 1998 to June 1999, Bruce served as the Interim Director of the Master of Software Engineering Program. In 1998 Bruce was awarded a US patent as co-inventor of caching techniques for optical storage. In 2001 Bruce led the committee that brought FIRST LEGO League to Oregon as the Oregon Robotics Tournament & Outreach Program. This program has grown to one of the largest engineering outreach programs in the country with teams at all grade levels throughout Oregon.
Since July 1999, Bruce has been Director of Industry Affairs in the Chancellor's Office of the Oregon University System. Since July 2001, Bruce has also served as the Executive Director of the Engineering & Technology Industry Council. In this capacity he facilitates the planning, advocacy and oversight for engineering, computer science, and material science programs throughout Oregon’s public university system. In 2005 Bruce worked with a team from the public and private sectors to create the Oregon Pre-engineering & Applied Science Initiative (OPAS). He is currently the chair of the OPAS Steering Committee. In recent years, Bruce has played key roles in developing strategic plans for growing professional science masters programs and applied baccalaureate programs in Oregon.