Dr. Sunder was appointed to the U.S. Senior Executive Service in 2005. He has held a succession of positions at NIST including: Manager of the High-Performance Construction Materials and Systems Program (1994-1996), Analyst and Senior Program Analyst in the Office of the NIST Director (1996-1997), Chief of the Structures Division and then the Materials and Construction Research Division (1998-2005), Acting Deputy Director and then Director of the Building and Fire Research Laboratory (2004-2007), and Acting Director and then Director of the Building and Fire Research Laboratory (2006-2010). Prior to joining NIST in 1994, he served on the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for thirteen years.
Dr. Sunder holds an undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, and master’s and doctor of science degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has received several awards, including the Gold Medal Award for distinguished leadership from the U.S. Department of Commerce in 2005.