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Mechanical engineering alum and Indian American doctor Subra Suresh honoured

Subra Suresh (MSME’79) will be inducted into the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in recognition of his research into cell mechanics related to malaria, blood diseases and certain types of cancer. Suresh would be one of the only 16 living Americans to be elected to all three national academies — IOM, National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering.

A top Indian American doctor who heads the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Suresh is the first CMU faculty member to hold membership in all three academies.

Before becoming president of CMU last year, he served as director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), a $7-billion independent government science agency charged with advancing all fields of fundamental science, engineering research and education. He has also been elected a fellow or honorary member of all the major materials research societies in the United States and India.

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