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Month: November, 2013

Inauguration of Carnegie Mellon University’s Ninth President, Dr. Subra Suresh – November 15, 2013

I am looking forward to the events on November 14th and 15th at Carnegie Mellon University to celebrate the inauguration of our new President Dr. Subra Suresh.  I am already amazed at the exciting things that Dr. Suresh has already put into motion for our University and cannot wait to formally celebrate his appointment and dream about the future.


Carnegie Mellon University is pleased to announce a series of inaugural events to welcome its ninth president, Dr. Subra Suresh.  The formal investiture ceremony will take place on November 15, 2013.

Google Executive Chairman Dr. Eric Schmidt will be the keynote speaker, and Dr. Suresh will deliver the inaugural address.

In addition, symposia and discussions are planned for President Suresh’s inaugural year with the theme of “Crossing Boundaries, Transforming Lives.”

Dr. Subra Suresh

Dr. Subra Suresh

Schedule of Events

NOVEMBER 7, 2013

The Study of Human Diseases at the Intersections of Engineering, Sciences & Medicine

A Lecture by President Subra Suresh

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
No tickets required

NOVEMBER 14, 2013

Campus-wide Celebration
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., University Center
No tickets required

Symposium: Leveraging the Data Sciences
3:00 – 4:15 p.m., McConomy Auditorium | * Webcast Available
No tickets required

Symposium: New Paradigms of Teaching and Learning
4:30 – 5:45 p.m., McConomy Auditorium | * Webcast Available
5:45 – 6:30 p.m., Showcase: Connan Room
No tickets required

Dinner (by invitation only)
Omni William Penn Hotel
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

NOVEMBER 15, 2013

Symposium: Opportunities and Challenges in Energy and Climate
10:30 – 11:45 a.m., McConomy Auditorium | * Webcast Available
No tickets required

Inaugural Luncheon (by invitation only)
Carnegie Music Hall Foyer (just a short distance from CMU campus)
12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Investiture Ceremony & Reception

3:00 – 4:30 p.m., Carnegie Music Hall | * Webcast Available

No tickets required

All events will be held in the University Center on the Carnegie Mellon Pittsburgh Campus, unless otherwise noted.


Subra Suresh (born May 30, 1956) is the ninth and current president of Carnegie Mellon University.

A distinguished engineer and scientist, Suresh served as Director of the National Science Foundation from 2010 to 2013. Before his appointment to NSF, he was the Vannevar Bush Professor of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he was the Dean of the School of Engineering (2007-2010).

In October 2013, Suresh was elected to the Institute of Medicine, the branch of the U.S. National Academies that honors researchers in medicine and health care. He already had been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (2012) and the National Academy of Engineering (2002). Suresh is one of only 16 American scientists to be elected to all three branches, and the only current university president to hold this distinction.

His appointment as president of Carnegie Mellon University was announced on February 5, 2013.[1] Commenting on Suresh’s tenure at NSF, President Obama stated, “We have been very fortunate to have Subra Suresh guiding the National Science Foundation . . . . [He] has shown himself to be a consummate scientist and engineer — beholden to evidence and committed to upholding the highest scientific standards. He has also done his part to make sure the American people benefit from advances in technology, and opened up more opportunities for women, minorities, and other underrepresented groups. I am grateful for his service.”

In 2011, Suresh received the Padma Shri award, India’s fourth highest civilian honor, bestowed by the President of India.[16] Other honors include the 2006 Acta Materialia Gold Medal; the 2007 European Materials Medal, the highest honor conferred by the Federation of European Materials Societies comprising 27 countries (he was the first scientist based outside Europe to receive this medal); the 2008 Eringen Medal of the Society of Engineering Science; the 2011 General President’s Gold Medal from the Indian National Science Congress; the 2012 R.F. Mehl Award from The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society; the 2011 Nadai Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME); and the 2011 National Materials Advancement Award from the Federation of Materials Societies. He also received ASME’s 2012 Timoshenko Medal, the highest global recognition in the field of theoretical and applied mechanics.

In 2006, Technology Review magazine selected his work on nanobiomechanics as one of the top-10 emerging technologies that “will have a significant impact on business, medicine or culture.” Suresh received the Franklin Institute‘s 2013 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science for “outstanding contributions to our understanding of the mechanical behavior of materials in applications ranging from large structures down to the atomic level. This research also showed how deformation of biological cells can be linked to human disease.”[17][18]

Suresh also received the Alan Cottrell Gold Medal for his pioneering work on fracture and fatigue of materials at the 2013 International Conference on Fracture.

Suresh has been elected to ten science and/or engineering academies: U.S. National Academy of Engineering; U.S. National Academy of SciencesAmerican Academy of Arts and Sciences; the U.S. Institute of Medicine, Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering; Spanish Royal Academy of Sciences; German National Academy of Sciences; Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences; Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) in Trieste, Italy; Indian National Academy of Engineering; Indian Academy of Sciences (Bangalore). He is a recipient of nine honorary doctorate degrees from universities in the United States, Sweden, Spain, Switzerland, India, and China.

Suresh has been elected a fellow or honorary fellow by all major materials societies in the United States and India, including the Materials Research Society, the American Society for Materials International; The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society; the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; the American Ceramic Society; the Indian Institute of Metals; and the Materials Research Society of India.

Suresh graduated from high school in Tamil Nadu, India, at the age of 15. He received his BTech from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in Chennai in May 1977 and his MS from Iowa State University in May 1979. He completed his doctoral thesis two years later, in August 1981, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, receiving a ScD. He is the first Asia-born professor to lead any of the five schools at MIT, and the first Asia-born scientist to lead NSF.


Lia Chang: Nov. 4: The Jungle Book’s André De Shields Nominated for Jeff Award; will perform “I Wanna to Be Like You” at Ceremony

Congratulations To Andre DeShields for his Jeff Nomination for Mary Zimmerman’s “The Jungle Book.”  It also Features my Bombay Dreams Co-Star Anjali Bhimani.

Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

It’s been quite a jazzy year for Two-time Tony Award nominee and Broadway legend André De Shields, who completed his run as King Louie and Akela in the world premiere of Mary Zimmerman’s adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s THE JUNGLE BOOK, a co-production of Chicago’s Goodman Theatre and Boston’s Huntington Theatre on October 20, 2013.

For his critically-acclaimed role as King Louie, André has been nominated for a Jeff Award for Outstanding Achievement in the category of Actor in a Supporting Role – Musical, and recently garnered a 2013 BTAA for Best Featured Actor in a Play (Musical or Revue) at The 19th Annual Black Theater Alliance Awards, which honor excellence in African American theater and dance productions in the Chicago area.

On Monday, November 4, 2013, I’m off to Chicago with André, The Jungle Book‘s musicians Ronnie Malley and Neel Murgai to attend the 45th Annual Jeff…

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