Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate the following individual to a key position in his Administration:
Sethuraman Panchanathan of Arizona, to be the Director of the National Science Foundation.
Dr. Panchanathan currently serves as the Executive Vice President and the Chief Research and Innovation Officer at Arizona State University (ASU). He is the Founding Director of the Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing at ASU. He was appointed to the National Science Board (NSB) in 2014 and served as the Chair of the Committee on Strategy for NSB. He also served as a member of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Dr. Panchanathan is the Vice President for Strategic Initiatives of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). He was the Chair of the Council on Research of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities and Co-Chair of the Extreme Innovation Taskforce of the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils. He was appointed as Senior Advisor for Science & Technology by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey in 2018. Dr. Panchanathan is a Fellow of the NAI, American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the Society of Optical Engineering. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Madras in 1981 and in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science in 1984. He then earned his master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in 1986 and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Ottawa, Canada, in 1989.