Indian American Subra Suresh, president of Carnegie Mellon University, was inducted into the Institute of Medicine in Washington, D.C. Oct. 19, making him the only president of a university to achieve the milestone of being elected to all three national academies — National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering and the IOM.
He was elected to the institute last year, along with Nirav R. Shah, New York State Department of Health commissioner; Ashish K. Jha, professor of health policy and management at the Harvard School of Public Health; and Professor Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, president and professor emeritus of obstetrics and gynecology at the Federation International of Gynecology & Obstetrics, St. George’s University of London.
Election to a national academy is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to engineers, scientists and medical and health professionals for outstanding contributions to their fields.
According to CMU, Suresh was recognized by the IOM for his contributions to health and medicine with his research of cell mechanics related to malaria, blood diseases and types of cancer.
Before joining CMU in 2013, he was director of the National Science Foundation, an independent government science agency that conducts work in the fields of engineering research, fundamental science and education.
Besides the three U.S. national academies, Suresh has also been elected a fellow or honorary member of major research academies in the U.S. and India, 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.
Suresh is one of just 16 living Americans to be elected to all three national academies.