Obama appoints Indian scientist to key science position

Obama appoints Indian scientist to key science position

Obama appoints Indian scientist to key science position

US President Barack Obama has appointed an eminent Indian-American scientist to a key science position in his administration.

Sethuraman Panchanathan, an Indian Institute of Science alumni, has been appointed as member of the prestigious National Science Board of the National Science Foundation, a White House statement said.

A 1981-batch graduate in Physics from the Vivekananda College (University of Madras), Panchanathan worked as a Data Communication Engineer for International Software India Limited in Chennai, in 1986.

Panchanathan has a bachelor's degree in electronics and communication engineering from the IISc Bangalore in 1984. He also has an M.Tech from prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, and a PhD from University of Ottawa, Canada.

He has held a number of positions at Arizona State University since 1998 and is a professor in Computing and Informatics there since 2009.

He has published over 400 papers in refereed journals and conferences and has mentored over 100 graduate students, post-docs, research engineers and research scientists who occupy leading positions in academia and industry.