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Professor Subra Suresh, President, Carnegie Mellon University and Former Director, The National Science Foundation
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum
MechSE/AE - Center for Advanced Studies
This presentation will examine a variety of cell and molecular level phenomena linked to the onset and progression of pathological states associated with human diseases. Latest advances in experimental and computational techniques from a number of hitherto-distant disciplines, such as spectroscopy, nanotechnology, genetics, mechanics and microfluidics, to probe several broad classes of human diseases including infectious diseases, hereditary blood disorders and cancer. Implications of the results will be discussed in the context of fundamental mechanistic understanding, disease diagnostics and therapeutics.
Subra Suresh is the ninth president of Carnegie Mellon University where he began his tenure on July 1, 2013. Prior to assuming this role, he served as director of the National Science Foundation (NSF). Before joining NSF, Suresh served as the dean of the School of Engineering and the Vannevar Bush Professor of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His experimental and modeling work on the mechanical properties of structural and functional materials, innovations in materials design and characterization, and discoveries of possible connections between cellular nanomechanical processes and human disease states have shaped new fields in the fertile intersections of traditional disciplines. Suresh has been elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Spanish Royal Academy of Sciences, Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering, German National Academy of Sciences, Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, Academy of Sciences of the Developing World, Indian National Academy of Engineering, and Indian Academy of Sciences. He has been elected a fellow or honorary member of all the major materials research societies in the United States and India. For more, please see: