Subra Suresh, ScD
A reception will immediately follow the Provost Lecture on the 5th floor of Alumni Hall.
Subra Suresh, ScD, began his appointment as the ninth president of Carnegie Mellon University in July 2013. His 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 from traditional disciplines.
Suresh received his bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, in Madras, and a doctor of science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He completed postdoctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Suresh joined the faculty of engineering at Brown University in 1983 and joined MIT in 1993 as the R.P. Simmons Professor of Materials Science and Engineering. He served as dean of the School of Engineering and Vannevar Bush Professor of Engineering at MIT prior to his role as director of the National Science Foundation, a position he held from September 2010 until he stepped down to assume leadership of Carnegie Mellon.
Suresh has coauthored more than 240 journal articles, registered 21 patents, and written three widely used materials science books. His awards include the European Materials Medal, the Padma Shri Award, the Timoshenko Medal, and the Robert Franklin Mehl Award. He is a 2013 Franklin Institute Laureate and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.