Indian-origin scientist Subra Suresh named 9th President of Carnegie Mellon University

Last Updated: Sun, Mar 03, 2013 06:10 hrs

Washington: Indian-origin engineer and scientist, Subra Suresh, has become the ninth president of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US.

Earlier, Suresh, who left India in 1977, was the director of the National Science Foundation.

He was the first Asia-born director of the NSF, which was created by Congress in 1950 with the primary goal of promoting science.

Suresh was nominated for the NSF directorship in 2010 by U.S. President Barack Obama, the Wall Street Journal reports.

In a Feb. 5 statement, the White House thanked Suresh, a graduate of IIT Madras, for his work with the NSF, describing him as a "consummate scientist and engineer, beholden to evidence and committed to upholding the highest scientific standards."

According to a statement on the Carnegie Mellon website, he will start his new job on July 1, and intends to "go on a big listening tour of the campus," meeting with faculty, students and alumni, the Journal said.

He will succeed Jared L. Cohon, who has been president of Carnegie Mellon, a global research university with more than 12,000 students, for 16 years, it added. (ANI)

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