On June 3, President Obama appointed Subra Suresh, dean of the school of engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as the new director of the National Science Foundation. The appointment puts to rest rumors of Suresh’s appointment, which had been swirling since ScienceInsider first reported the story back in March.
As a faculty member and dean at MIT for nearly 17 years, Suresh is a Washington outsider. He has led the school of engineering since 2006 and has served as chair of the department of materials science and engineering from 2000 to 2006. He currently leads a laboratory that studies nanobiomechanics, including the mechanobiology of malaria-infected red blood cells.
Suresh takes over for Arden Bement, who served as NSF director from 2004 until Tuesday. Until Suresh’s appointment is confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Cora Marrett will serve as acting director.