Economic Times | Sreeradha Basu| ET Bureau| Jul 14, 2017 |
MUMBAI: Professor Subra Suresh, a distinguished alumnus of IIT Madras, has been chosen as the fourth President of Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. He will begin his presidency on January 1, 2018, when the current president, Prof. Andersson retires. In its QS World University Rankings this year, the Quacquarelli Symonds group placed NTU 11th in the world and the best in Asia. Prof. Suresh received his Bachelor of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras and he was facilitated with The Distinguished Alumnus Award by the Institute in 1997. He served as the ninth president of Carnegie Mellon University from July 1, 2013 until June 30, 2017. An eight-member search committee chaired by Koh Boon Hwee, Chairman of the NTU Board of Trustees, unanimously selected Prof Suresh for the top role at NTU.
An eminent scientist, engineer and entrepreneur, Prof. Suresh was chosen in 2010 by then U.S. President Barack Obama to lead the US National Science Foundation (NSF). He is also an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. He has a Master’s degree from Iowa State University, and has 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 1983, and was promoted to the position of Professor in 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 from 2000-2006. Prof. Suresh was honoured with the Padma Shri Award in 2011 by then President of India, Pratibha Patil. – He served as the ninth president of Carnegie Mellon University from July 1, 2013 until June 30, 2017. Courtesy