Suh Nam Pyo

Suh Nam Pyo

Nam Pyo Suh (22 April 1936—) is the thirteenth and current president of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology. Suh began his appointment on July 13, 2006, replacing Robert B. Laughlin.


Suh was born in Korea on April 22, 1936, and immigrated to the U.S. in 1954 to join his father who was teaching at Harvard University. He completed his high school education at Browne & Nichols School before entering MIT as a freshman in 1955. He was naturalized in 1963 in Pittsburgh, PA. [cite web |url= |title=About President |accessdate=2007-04-23 |format= |work= KAIST Website]


From 1965-1969, Suh served as a professor at the University of South Carolina. In 1970 he began his professional career at MIT--serving as director of the MIT-Industry Polymer Processing Program from 1973-1984; director of the Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity from 1977-1984; and Mechanical Engineering Department Head from 1991 to 2001. Although still keeping the title of Ralph E. Cross Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT, Suh is now President of KAIST.

During his tenure at MIT, Suh also worked for industry and the government. Suh is on the board of several companies and founded TREXEL, Inc. He also served as the Assistant Director for Engineering at US National Science Foundation from 1984 to 1988 and has consulted for the UN, National Laboratories, World Bank and the Korean government (where developed Korea's Five-Year Economic Plan in the 1980s).


* B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 1959, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
* M.S., Mechanical Engineering, 1961, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
* Ph.D, Mechanical Engineering, 1964, Carnegie Mellon University.


*Developed microcellular plastic
*Made significant advances to the field of Tribology
*Developed axiomatic design

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