Professor Subra Suresh is the fourth president of Nanyang Technological University, as well as Distinguished University Professor. He took office on Jan 1, and is 62 years old. Prior to joining NTU, he was the president of Carnegie Mellon University from 2013 until last year.
India-born and a naturalised American, Dr Suresh was appointed by then-President Barack Obama as director of the US National Science Foundation, which has an annual budget of more than US$7 billion (S$9.6 billion), a position he held from 2010 to 2013. Prior to that, he was at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he was the dean of the School of Engineering, the first Asian-born scientist to hold the position.