New director takes helm at National Science Foundation

Portrait of Sethuraman Panchanathan, NSF's 15th director.

Following in the footsteps of many great science and engineering leaders before him, Sethuraman Panchanathan has been officially appointed and begins work today as the National Science Foundation’s 15th director, sharing his vision for his six-year term and promising a continued push for inclusiveness in science and engineering.

“Right now, the world faces significant scientific challenges — most obviously a pandemic.” Panchanathan said. “But in addition to providing creative

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