Celebrating the Inauguration of Dr. Subra Suresh-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Monday, November 11, 2013

Celebrating the Inauguration of Dr. Subra Suresh

CMU-SV students painted the Fence to say "welcome" in many different languages, in honor of President Suresh's inauguration Nov. 15.
CMU-SV students painted the Fence to say "welcome" in many different languages, in honor of President Suresh's inauguration Nov. 15.

This week Carnegie Mellon University commemorates the inauguration of ninth president Dr. Subra Suresh with a series of events around the theme "Crossing Boundaries, Transforming Lives."

This week, the CMU global community will mark this historic occasion with celebrations, symposia and presentations, leading up to the Inauguration Friday, Nov. 15.

One of the world's most distinguished scientists and academic leaders, President Suresh assumed office on July 1, 2013, after serving as the director of the U.S. National Science Foundation. A distinguished engineer and scientist, Suresh is the only current university president to be elected to all three National Academies-the Institute of Medicine (2013), the National Academy of Sciences (2012) and the National Academy of Engineering (2002).

Before his appointment by U.S. President Barack Obama to head the NSF in 2010, Suresh served as dean of the School of Engineering and the Vannevar Bush Professor of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has co-authored more than 250 journal articles, registered 21 patents, and written three widely used books. More about President Suresh

At the campus-wide celebration Nov. 14, the university will highlight the innovative work of graduate and undergraduate students from all schools and colleges. In addition to nearly 100 posters, projects and demonstrations, student performers will showcase their talents through song, dance and spoken word.

Suresh's formal investiture will take place Nov. 15 at the Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsbugh. The ceremony will feature an inaugural address by President Suresh, a keynote speech by Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and a performance by Tony Award winner and alumna Patina Miller (A'06).

Earlier inaugural events included a symposium on The Impact of Brain and Mind Research at Ceilidh Weekend in September and a public lecture Nov. 8, "The Study of Human Diseases at the Intersections of Engineering, Sciences and Medicine," which provided an overview of Suresh's widely recognized cross-disciplinary research into infectious diseases, hereditary blood disorders and certain types of cancer.

See the complete inauguration schedule of events

Campus-Wide Celebration

Thursday, Nov. 14
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m


Thursday, Nov. 14

  • 3 - 4:15 p.m.: Leveraging the Data Sciences
  • 4:30 - 5:45 p.m.: New Paradigms in Teaching & Learning

Friday, Nov. 15

  • 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.: Opportunities and Challenges in Energy and Climate

Investiture Ceremony

Friday, Nov. 15
3 - 4:30 p.m.