Carnegie Mellon Names NSF Director as its Ninth President
PITTSBURGH, Feb. 5, 2013
PITTSBURGH, Feb.5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Carnegie Mellon University named Dr.
Subra Suresh as its new president, succeeding Dr. Jared L. Cohon, who is
stepping down from the position after 16 years. Dr. Suresh will assume the
post of CMU president on July 1.
Dr. Suresh is the director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), a
$7-billion independent government science agency charged with advancing all
fields of fundamental science, engineering research and education. Previously,
Dr. Suresh served as the dean of the School of Engineering at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is currently on leave as the
Vannevar Bush Professor of Engineering at MIT while serving as director of
NSF. He was nominated in 2010 to be NSF director by President Barack Obama and
unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Dr. Suresh will become the ninth
president in CMU's 113-year history.
"Dr. Suresh possesses the strategic vision, international expertise and
commitment to technology research and education that will continue to build
CMU's reputation as a world leader in higher education," said Ray Lane,
partner at Kleiner Perkins, chairman of Hewlett-Packard and chairman of
Carnegie Mellon's Board of Trustees. "Amongst hundreds of candidates, Dr.
Suresh stood out as uniquely qualified to lead Carnegie Mellon— an institution
internationally known for education and research in computer science,
engineering, the arts and business. He also recognizes Carnegie Mellon's
interdisciplinary capabilities — including its work in science, public policy,
humanities and social sciences — to research and solve the world's most
complex problems," Lane added.
In selecting Dr. Suresh, CMU established a 17-member presidential search
committee, featuring broad representation of the university's board of
trustees, esteemed faculty and alumni across all colleges and schools. James
Rohr, chairman and CEO of PNC Financial Services Group and CMU life trustee,
served as chairman of the committee. The faculty committee was chaired by
Anthony Rollett, former chair of the Faculty Senate and professor in the
Department of Materials Science and Engineering. CMU's Board of Trustees
unanimously approved Suresh's selection.
"I am truly honored to have the opportunity to lead Carnegie Mellon University
as its ninth president," Dr. Suresh said. "The extraordinary ability of the
CMU faculty and students in bringing together cutting-edge research and
education across multiple disciplines positions CMU uniquely to address
national and global challenges. I look forward to working with the CMU
community to further our global impact."
In his leadership roles at MIT, Dr. Suresh helped create new state-of-the-art
laboratories, the MIT Transportation Initiative, and the Center for
Computational Engineering; led MIT's efforts in establishing the Singapore-MIT
Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) Center; and oversaw the
recruitment of a record number of women faculty in engineering.
While at NSF, Dr. Suresh launched several new initiatives aimed at furthering
innovation, interdisciplinary research, global engagement, international
collaboration, and human capital development, as well as broadening
participation. Under his leadership, and in response to an invitation from the
White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, NSF hosted a Global
Summit on Scientific Merit Review in May 2012. This summit included the
participation, for the first time, of the heads of leading science funding
agencies from nearly 50 countries. Summit participants formed the Global
Research Council as a potential vehicle for multinational collaborations among
developed and developing countries and for harmonizing global science.
"Dr. Suresh's ability to bring groups together to solve problems fits
perfectly with Carnegie Mellon's collaborative and interdisciplinary
approach," Rohr said. "Along with his global expertise, CMU will benefit from
his work as a researcher, educator and entrepreneur."
While at MIT, Dr. Suresh's experimental and modeling work on the mechanical
properties of structural and functional materials, innovations in materials
design and characterization, and discoveries of possible connections between
cellular nanomechanical processes and human disease states have shaped new
fields. He has co-authored more than 240 journal articles, registered 21
patents and written three widely used materials science books.
"Dr. Suresh's leadership experience and accomplishment at both MIT and NSF
have positioned him perfectly to lead the next stage of great accomplishment
by CMU," said Dr. Charles Vest, president of the National Academy of
Engineering. "He is a leading researcher in engineering and applied science, a
dedicated academic, and a seasoned executive."
Dr. Suresh received his Bachelor of Technology degree from the Indian
Institute of Technology, Madras, in First Class with Distinction; a master's
degree from Iowa State University; and a Doctor of Science degree from MIT.
Following postdoctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley, and
the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, he joined the faculty of
engineering at Brown University in December 1983, and was promoted to full
professor in July 1989. He joined MIT in 1993 as the R.P. Simmons Professor of
Materials Science and Engineering and served as head of MIT's Department of
Materials Science and Engineering during 2000-2006.
Dr. Suresh has been elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, National
Academy of Engineering, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Spanish Royal
Academy of Sciences, German National Academy of Sciences and Royal Swedish
Academy of Engineering Sciences, among others. He has been elected a fellow or
honorary member of all the major materials research societies in the United
States and India. In 2011, Dr. Suresh was honored with the Padma Shri by the
President of the Republic of India. In April 2013, he will receive the
Benjamin Franklin medal for his research work in mechanical engineering and
materials science. He has been awarded seven honorary doctorate degrees from
institutions in the U.S., India, Sweden, Spain and Switzerland.
Dr. Suresh has been married to Mary (Delmar) since 1986. They have two
daughters, Nina and Meera.
About Carnegie Mellon University: Carnegie Mellon (www.cmu.edu) is a private,
internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from
science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the
arts. More than 12,000 students in the university's seven schools and colleges
benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized
by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems,
interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A global university, Carnegie
Mellon's main campus in the United States is in Pittsburgh, Pa. It has
campuses in California's Silicon Valley and Qatar, and programs in Africa,
Asia, Australia, Europe and Mexico. The university is in the midst of "Inspire
Innovation: The Campaign for Carnegie Mellon University," which aims to build
its endowment, support faculty, students and innovative research, and enhance
the physical campus with equipment and facility improvements.
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