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After having been cleared by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions last week, the nomination of Dr. Subra Suresh to be the Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) was approved by the full Senate on September 29th. During his six-year term as director, Dr. Suresh will oversee the agency, which funds science and engineering research nationwide and implements several educational initiatives. Dr. Suresh was nominated to the position in June to replace Dr. Arden Bement, Jr., who departed NSF on June 1st to lead Purdue University's new Global Policy Research Institute.

Since 2007, Dr. Suresh has served as the Dean of the School of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where his most recent research has been in the field of nanobiomechanics. Under Dr. Suresh’s leadership, the School of Engineering recruited over 50 new faculty members and began several new programs. With an academic background studying the mechanical properties of materials, Dr. Suresh joined MIT in 1993 and served as the head of the MIT Department of Materials Science and Engineering from 2000 to 2006. He is also a member of the Biomedical Engineering Society.

House Committee on Science and Technology Chairman Bart Gordon (D-TN) praised the confirmation of Dr. Suresh in a press release saying, “NSF will benefit from having an accomplished engineer at the helm, in particular with experience in some of the fast-growing fields of materials science, nanotechnology and the life sciences.” FASEB plans to send a letter congratulating Dr. Suresh on his appointment.