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CoHNA congratulates Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan for his unanimous appointment as the 15th Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), only the second Hindu American to be appointed to this prestigious position after Dr. Subra Suresh in 2010. Dr. Panchanathan currently serves as the Executive Vice President and the Chief Research and Innovation Officer at Arizona State University.

NSF is the most elite science agency, with an annual budget of $8.3 billion, and is the funding source for approximately 25 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities. It supports about 200,000 scientists, engineers, educators and students at universities, laboratories and field sites all over the United States and throughout the world.

Dr. Panchanathan, a IIT Madras Alumnus, has an extremely decorated resume. In 2014, he was appointed by President Obama to the U.S. National Science Board (NSB) for a six-year term. He is the first American of Indian origin to be appointed to the NSB. He served as Chair of the Committee on Strategy and currently serves on the External Engagement and National S&E Policy committees of NSB. Additionally, he was appointed by the former U.S. Secretary of Commerce to the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE). He is the Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Membership of the National Academy of Inventors. He has published more than 485 papers in refereed journals and conferences and has mentored more than 150 graduate students, post-docs, research engineers and research scientists who occupy leading positions in academia and industry.

For more than two decades at ASU, Dr. Panchanathan has focused on developing people-centric technologies and fostering innovative research and initiatives to change society for the better. In his current position at ASU, which he has held for nine years, Dr. Panchanathan has taken the Knowledge Enterprise to new heights. Thanks to his efforts, ASU has been named the most innovative university in the nation by U.S. News and World Report for five straight years, beginning in 2015.

CoHNA extends its best wishes to Dr. Panchanathan as he leads the NSF to new heights.

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