Sinema Introduces ASU Researcher at Senate Commerce Subcommittee Hearing

Oct 22, 2019

WASHINGTON — Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema today introduced Arizona State University’s Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan during a Senate Commerce Subcommittee hearing. Sinema highlighted Dr. Panchanathan’s groundbreaking research and thanked him for his service to the U.S. National Science Board and Arizona.

“Dr. Panchanathan has dedicated his life to public service through the advancement of education, science, technology, and innovation to address challenging issues in Arizona, the United States, and across the globe,” said Sinema, a member of the Senate Commerce Committee.

Dr. Panchanathan served as a witness in a Senate Commerce subcommittee hearing on the role research and innovation plays in ensuring U.S. leadership in the global economy.

Dr. Panchanathan is the Executive Vice President of the ASU Knowledge Enterprise, and his leadership helped make ASU the fastest-growing research university in the United States. Dr. Panchanathan’s research focuses on human-centered multimedia computing, haptic user interfaces, computing technologies for enhancing the quality of life for individuals with disabilities, and machine learning for multimedia applications. Dr. Panchanathan has published more than 500 papers in refereed journals and has mentored nearly 150 graduate students, post-doctoral professionals, research engineers, and research scientists.

In recognition of his contributions, President Obama appointed Dr. Panchanathan as the first Indian American to serve on the U.S. National Science Board. Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Pritzker nominated Dr. Panchanathan to the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In Arizona, Dr. Panchanathan serves as Senior Advisor for Science and Technology to Governor Doug Ducey.

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