Lifetime Achievement Award and Keynote
Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan
Director, National Science Foundation
We are delighted to welcome Dr. Sethuraman "Panch" Panchanathan to Ovation 2023 as the recipient of the GAACC Lifetime Achievement Award and keynote speaker.
The Honorable Sethuraman Panchanathan is a computer scientist and engineer and the 15th director of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). NSF is a $9.5B independent federal agency and the only government agency charged with advancing all fields of scientific discovery, technological innovation, and STEM education.
Born and raised in Chennai in India, Dr. Panchanathan has a distinguished career in science, technology, engineering, and education that spans more than three decades. His scientific contributions have advanced the areas of human-centered multimedia computing, haptic user interfaces, person-centered ubiquitous computing technologies for empowering individuals with a range of abilities.
On June 18, 2020, Dr. Panchanathan was unanimously confirmed by the US Senate as the new Director of the National Science Foundation.
Meet Dr. Panchanathan at Ovation "Bright Lights" on November 4th!