Subra Suresh is the ninth president of Carnegie Mellon University. Previously, he served as director of the National Science Foundation, a $7 billion independent federal agency charged with advancing all fields of fundamental science and engineering research and related education. A distinguished engineer and scientist, Suresh is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Suresh previously served as dean of the School of Engineering and the Vannevar Bush Professor of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research into the properties of engineered and biological materials, and their connections to human diseases, has resulted in more than 300 research articles, 25 patent applications and three books. At Carnegie Mellon, Suresh has led the establishment of several major programs and initiatives, including the Simon Initiative to enhance the impact of technology-enhanced learning, BrainHub to further CMU’s interdisciplinary strengths to advance brain research, the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship and the Presidential Fellowships and Scholarships program.