Dr. Subra Suresh, the director of the National Science Foundation, announced on 5 February 2013 that he will leave the agency at the end of March. Dr. Suresh has accepted an appointment as the ninth president of Carnegie Mellon University.
â€œIt has been my extraordinary honor to lead the National Science Foundation, which is blessed with a marvelous cohort of highly talented and devoted staff, as well as hundreds of thousands of innovative grantees and investigators from every field of science and engineering,â€ said Dr. Suresh in an email to staff. Â â€œI am grateful for the opportunity to serve the country in this capacity.â€
Dr. John Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy said, â€œSubra has made critical contributions to a broad range of science and technology priorities, including expanding federal investments in fundamental research, accelerating the commercialization of university research, and strengthening our scientific collaborations with partners around the world. Â He also leaves a crucially important legacy of having expanded NSFâ€™s family-friendly policies, which make it easier for young scientists to balance the challenges of furthering their careers while raising a family.â€
Dr. Suresh was confirmed for a six-year term as director of NSF in September 2010. Â Prior to assuming his current role, Suresh served as the dean of the School of Engineering and the Vannevar Bush Professor of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.