Indian-American to lead top U.S. science body

By SiliconIndia   |   Tuesday, 19 October 2010, 18:34 Hrs   |    3 Comments
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Washington: In yet another proud moment for India, Subra Suresh, Indian-American academician and IIT Madras alumnus, was sworn in as the Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF,) the top US science body that leads scientific research in the country.

Suresh, 54, who served as dean of the engineering school and as Vannevar Bush Professor of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was nominated as the Director of NSF by U.S. President Barack Obama himself. He will lead the $7.4 billion independent federal agency that supports all fields of science and engineering research, as well as a wide span of educational programmes that reach more than 2,000 institutions across the US.

Suresh who was confirmed for a six year term by the US Senate on September 30 swore in at a ceremony that took place in the Secretary of War Ceremonial Room of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in White House. Suresh, a mechanical engineer who later became interested in materials science and biology, has also done pioneering work studying the biomechanics of blood cells under the influence of diseases such as malaria.

Suresh holds a bachelor's degree from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, a master's degree from Iowa State University, and earned his ScD from MIT in 1981. He was designated by President Obama to become the new NSF director on June 8, replacing Arden L Bement Jr, who directed the agency from 2004 till May of this year.

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