The Subra Suresh Distinguished Lecture is given by leaders in the broad intellectual domain of multidisciplinary science and engineering. The lectureship is organized at least once every two years, with the inaugural lecture and prize event to be held in 2020. The lectureship is administered in the Division of Engineering and Applied Science (EAS) on behalf of the entire Caltech community.
The Selection Committee for the Subra Suresh Distinguished Lecture invites from the international academic community suggestions and nominations of potential candidates with an extraordinary record of research accomplishment in interdisciplinary science and engineering. These nominations may be submitted via email, email@example.com, by November 15, 2019. Include a brief description of your nominee’s contributions to multidisciplinary science and engineering.
About Subra Suresh
Dr. Suresh’s role in higher education leadership is extensive. Suresh is currently the President of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, where he is also the inaugural Distinguished University Professor. He is the former Vannevar Bush Professor and former Dean of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), as well as the former President of Carnegie Mellon University.
He was nominated by the President of the United States and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate to serve as Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2010. During his tenure as NSF Director, Professor Suresh launched a number of new programs including the NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps), Global Research Council, Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide, and Science Across Virtual Institutes.
Dr. Suresh has many longstanding ties to Caltech. He was the Clark B. Millikan Visiting Professor at the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories (GALCIT) from 1999 to 2000, and the Gordon Moore Scholar in 2004. He has also delivered several named lectures at Caltech during the past decade.
Dr. Suresh has been elected to all three branches of the U.S. National Academies: of Sciences, of Engineering, and of Medicine; to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and to the National Academy of Inventors. He has also been elected a foreign member of science and engineering academies in China, France, Germany, India, Singapore, Spain and Sweden, and awarded 18 honorary doctorate degrees from institutions in China, Greece, India, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and United States. His many honors include the Padma Shri, one of the highest civilian honors, from the President of India; the Benjamin Franklin Medal of the Franklin Institute; the European Materials Medal from the Federation of European Materials Societies; and a number of other prestigious medals and accolades from major professional societies and institutions from around the world.
Dr. Suresh is an independent director of the boards of HP Inc., Palo Alto, CA, and the Singapore Exchange. He also serves on the boards of Singapore’s National Research Foundation and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research, and as a member of the Future Economy Council chaired by the Finance Minister of Singapore.