Subra Suresh Confirmed as NSF Director

subra_suresh.jpgThe U.S. Senate has confirmed Subra Suresh as director of the National Science Foundation for a six-year term. President Barak Obama nominated Suresh for the position on June 8, 2010.

Suresh, 54, was dean of the engineering school and Vannevar Bush Professor of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has done pioneering work studying the biomechanics of blood cells under the influence of malaria and other diseases, according to an NSF news release.

Rep. Bart Gordon (D-TN), Chairman of the House Committee on Science and Technology commented on the appointment:  “Dr. Suresh is known as a strong advocate for greater collaboration across fields of engineering and science. We know that finding solutions to the nation’s greatest scientific and technological challenges increasingly requires strong and sustained interdisciplinary collaboration. Dr. Suresh’s experience will help NSF—and, with it, the nation—remain on the cutting edge.”

The NSF’s former Acting Director, Cora B. Marrett, is likely to become Suresh’s deputy director. President Obama announced her as his intended nominee on August 5, 2010. Marrett took the lead at the NSF following the May resignation of former Director Arden L. Bement, Jr., who had held the post since 2004.