The Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce recently honored a visionary leader in science and technology, Sethuraman Panchanathan, with its Lifetime Achievement Award. As the director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and a senior vice president at Arizona State University’s Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development, Panchanathan has been a staunch advocate for diversity and inclusivity in scientific innovation.
Born in Chennai, India, Panchanathan's career has been marked by his commitment to enhancing the quality of life for individuals with disabilities. Since taking the helm at NSF in 2020, he has emphasized the importance of diverse perspectives in driving progress. "Teamwork and diversity – diversity in every form, diversity of thought, experiences, backgrounds, and ethnicities – are critical to driving scalable impacts and progress," Panchanathan remarked during the gala.