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President of the Korea Advanced
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Nam Pyo Suh is the President of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). He assumed this position on July 13, 2006.

Since his inauguration, Dr. Suh has made the goal of making KAIST one of the best research universities in the world, already having directed changes acclaimed by many.

Previously, he had been at MIT since 1970, where he was the Ralph E. & Eloise F. Cross Professor, a member of the Engineering Council of MIT (1980-1984 and 1991-2001), and the head of central laboratories, centers and the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

In October 1984, Professor Suh took a leave of absence from MIT to accept a Presidential Appointment by President Ronald Reagan to the National Science Foundation where he was in charge of engineering. During his tenure at NSF, he created a new direction for the Engineering Directorate and introduced a new organizational program designed ęto ensure that the United States will occupy a leadership position in engineering well into the 21st century.

He is the recipient of many awards and honors recognizing his accomplishments and dedication including seven honorary doctoral degrees, the Federal (NSF) Engineer of the Year Award from NSPE and the ASME medal given in November of 2009.

Professor Suh was educated at Buckingham, Browne and Nichols School (1955), MIT (S.B., 1959, and S.M., 1961) and Carnegie-Mellon University (Ph.D., 1964).