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Chancellor Henry Yang and Vice Chancellor for Research Joseph lncandela cordially invite you to a special guest lecture and Q&A by Sethuraman Panchanathan, Director of the National Science Foundation, followed by a reception. 

For over 70 years, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has powered discovery and innovation across all fields of science and engineering. This ability to support fundamental research over the long term while making strategic investments in the future has brought NSF to a moment of tremendous potential. NSF now stands poised to build on its legacy and fuel innovation and invention across the country. By harnessing STEM talent across the nation and expanding partnerships, NSF will facilitate exponential breakthroughs in science, technology, and innovation for decades to come.

The Honorable Sethuraman Panchanathan is a computer scientist and engineer and the 15th director of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). As director, Panchanathan maintains leadership roles on several key interagency councils and committees, including as co-chair of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship and is a member of the White House CHIPS Implementation Steering Council and the White House Gender Policy Council. He is also chair of the lnteragency Arctic Research Policy Committee and co-vice chair of the Council for Inclusive Innovation. Panchanathan's scientific contributions have advanced the areas of human-centered multimedia computing, haptic user interfaces and ubiquitous computing technologies for enhancing the quality of life for individuals with different abilities; machine learning for multimedia applications; and media processor designs. He has published close to 500 articles in refereed journals and conference proceedings, and has mentored more than 150 graduate students, postdocs, research engineers and research scientists, many who now occupy leading positions in academia and industry.

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