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Suresh Leaves His Mark on NSF as He Heads to Carnegie Mellon

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Science  22 Mar 2013:
Vol. 339, Issue 6126, pp. 1380-1381
DOI: 10.1126/science.339.6126.1380

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The Indian-born, U.S.-trained mechanical engineer is leaving his position as director of the National Science Foundation less than halfway through his 6-year term to become president of Carnegie Mellon University. Still, in 29 months he's managed to put his stamp on the 62-year-old agency: He launched initiatives designed to make scientists more entrepreneurial, sought to better integrate the foundation's activities, and collaborated with his global counterparts—all on a flat budget. Speaking with Science during a 7 March interview, Suresh said he relishes the opportunity to return to academia.