Carnegie Mellon University president Subra Suresh today became one of only 16 living Americans to be a member of all three prestigious national academies.
Mr. Suresh, who became president of CMU in July, was elected to the Institute of Medicine today in recognition of his research into cell mechanics related to malaria, blood diseases and certain types of cancer. The other two to which he already belongs are the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering.
The national academies are nonprofit institutions that provide expert advice on on critical issues.
"CMU's new president is truly a scientist and educational leader for our time," Ray Lane, partner emeritus at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and chairman of CMU's board of trustees, wrote in an email to the CMU global community which was included in a press release.
"He embodies, through his individual scholarship as well as institutional, national and global leadership, Carnegie Mellon's commitment to cross boundaries to transform lives," Mr. Lane wrote.
The press release included a lengthy list of all of the academies to which Mr. Suresh has been elected, including the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Spanish Royal Academy of Sciences, Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering, German National Academy of Sciences, Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, Academy of Sciences of the Developing World, Indian National Academy of Engineering, Indian National Science Academy, and Indian Academy of Sciences.
He has been named a fellow or honorary member of all the major materials research societies in the United States and India.
Mr. Suresh was born in India and is a U.S. citizen.
The national academies are honorific, private, nonprofit institutions that provide expert advice on some of the most pressing challenges facing the nation and the world, helping to shape policies, inform public opinion, and advance the pursuit of science, engineering and medicine.