Speaker Details

Prof Subra Suresh

President, Nanyang Technological University


Subra Suresh is President and Distinguished University Professor at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore where he is also a Senior Advisor to Temasek International.  He has previously served as: the Dean of MIT’s School of Engineering; Director of the National Science Foundation, a position to which he was nominated by the President of the United States and unanimously confirmed by the US Senate; and President of Carnegie Mellon University.   He is an elected member of all three branches of the US National Academies – Engineering, Sciences, and Medicine.  He has also been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, National Academy of Inventors and ten other academies based in Europe and Asia, and has been awarded 15 honorary doctorate degrees.  He has authored three books, 300 research articles and 25 patents, and has co-founded a technology startup which was acquired in 2006.  He has been widely recognized for his research into the properties of engineered and biological materials and their implications for human diseases.  His recent honors include: the 2015 Industrial Research Institute Medal; the 2013 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Materials Science; the 2012 Timoshenko Medal and the 2011 Nadai Medal of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; the 2011 Padma Shri award, one of the highest civilian honours from the President of India; and the 2007 Gold Medal of the Federation of European Materials Societies.  As Director of the National Science Foundation, Prof Suresh launched the Global Research Council, the Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) program, and the NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program in 2011.  The NSF I-Corps program was created by Prof Suresh with the goal of translating research discoveries into industrial practice, which was praised by Harvard Business Review for using “lean start-up techniques to turn scientists into entrepreneurs”.  This program has now been replicated by a number of organizations in the US and abroad to assist scientists to become innovators and entrepreneurs.  He is an independent Director of the Board of HP Inc. in Palo Alto and a member of the Science, Technology and Innovation Council – created as an advisory body to the CEO and Management Board of Siemens AG, Munich, Germany.