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Carnegie Mellon names new president.

The 113- year-old Carnegie Mellon University, which has a branch campus in Qatar Foundation's Education City, has named Dr Subra Suresh as its ninth president. He succeeds Dr Jared L Cohon, who is stepping down after 16 years.

Dr Suresh will assume the post on July 1. He was nominated in 2010 to be the director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the US by President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed by the Senate.

The NSF is a $7bn independent government science agency charged with advancing all fields of fundamental science, engineering research and education.

Previously, Dr Suresh served as the dean of the School of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

At MIT, Dr Suresh helped create new state-of-the-art laboratories, the MIT Transportation Initiative, and the Centre for Computational Engineering; led MIT's efforts in establishing the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology Centre; and oversaw the recruitment of a record number of women faculty in engineering.

Dr Suresh's experimental and modelling work at MIT on the mechanical properties of structural and functional materials, innovations in materials design and characterisation, and discoveries of possible connections between cellular nano-mechanical processes and human disease states have shaped new fields.

He has co-authored more than 240 journal articles, registered 21 patents and written three widely used materials science books. Dr Suresh received his Bachelor of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (now Chennai), a master's degree from Iowa State University; and a doctor of science degree from MIT.

In 2011, Dr Suresh was honoured with the Padmashri by India. In April 2013, he will receive the Benjamin Franklin medal for his research work in mechanical engineering and materials science.

He has been awarded seven honorary doctorate degrees from institutions in the US, India, Sweden, Spain and Switzerland. Dr Suresh has been married to Mary (Delmar) since 1986. They have two daughters, Nina and Meera.

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Date:Feb 6, 2013
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