President Barack Obama has announced his intent to nominate Subra Suresh to serve as the next director of the National Science Foundation (NSF). Dr. Arden Bement stepped down as director of NSF at the end of May; Dr. Cora Marrett is currently serving as acting director. Suresh is currently dean of the School of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Since 1993, he has held joint faculty appointments in the departments of Mechanical Engineering and Biological Engineering, as well as the Division of Health Sciences and Technology. His research into the mechanical properties of engineered and biological materials has included studies of nanostructured materials and the exploration of connections between biological cell mechanics and human disease. He has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and several foreign academies of science. Suresh holds a bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, an M.S. from Iowa State University, and a Sc.D. from MIT.


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