PITTSBURGH, Feb. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Carnegie Mellon University President-Elect Dr. Subra Suresh and his family made their first public visit to the Pittsburgh campus yesterday since the university announced Suresh would serve as its ninth president, effective July 1.
The introductory event included remarks from Suresh, CMU President Jared L. Cohon and Ray Lane, partner at Kleiner Perkins, chairman of Hewlett-Packard and chairman of CMU's Board of Trustees. CMU's Home Exploring Robotic Butler, also known as HERB, welcomed Suresh with a handshake.
Suresh is currently the 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 previously served as dean of the School of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is currently on leave as the Vannevar Bush Professor of Engineering at MIT while serving as director of the NSF. He will succeed Cohon, who is stepping down from the position after 16 years.
During his visit, Suresh met with CMU faculty, staff and students.
About Carnegie Mellon University:Carnegie Mellon (www.cmu.edu) is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 12,000 students in the university's seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A global university, Carnegie Mellon's main campus in the United States is in Pittsburgh, Pa. It has campuses in California's Silicon Valley and Qatar, and programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Mexico. The university is in the midst of "Inspire Innovation: The Campaign for Carnegie Mellon University," which aims to build its endowment, support faculty, students and innovative research, and enhance the physical campus with equipment and facility improvements.