President of Nanyang Technology University & former NSF director Subra Suresh to be 2018 Van Vlack Lecturer

President of Nanyang Technology University & former NSF director Subra Suresh to be 2018 Van Vlack Lecturer

Dr. Subra Suresh

The Materials Science & Engineering Department is pleased to announce that Subra Suresh, president of Nanyang Technology University (Singapore), will be the 2018 Van Vlack lecturer. The annual MSE lecture series will take place September 27-28.

“We are excited and honored that President Suresh is making the trip all the way from Singapore to give a talk as part of the Van Vlack Lecture Series,” said Katsuyo Thornton, who was installed May 16 as the Van Vlack Professor of Materials Science. 

Born in Bombay, India, Subra Suresh is an eminent American scientist, engineer and entrepreneur with decades of distinguished and impactful leadership in academia, industry and government. From 2007-2010 he served as dean of the School of Engineering at MIT. In 2010 he was appointed by Barack Obama to head the National Science Foundation, which he led until 2013, when he left to become president of Carnegie Mellon University. He joined Nanyang Technology University (Singapore) as president on January 1,  2018.

The annual Van Vlack Lecture Series started in 2001 in honor of Professor Larry Van Vlack and his wife, Frances. Professor Van Vlack was instrumental in establishing what would eventually become the current Department of Materials Science and Engineering, as well as the first U.S. graduate program in materials engineering. Van Vlack authored 12 books, including the iconic textbook Elements of Materials Science and Engineering, which, through its more than 25 foreign editions and translations, has introduced millions of students worldwide to the discipline of materials science and engineering.