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Nam Pyo Suh (Korean: 서남표, Hanja: 徐南杓, 22 April 1936—) is the thirteenth and current president of KAIST. Suh began his appointment on July 13, 2006, after the 12th President 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, Pennsylvania.He married Young Suh, and had four daughters. He is now the grandfather of six children.


Suh is President of KAIST, South Korea's top institution. He has been named on June 2006 and, on July 14, 2010 re-elected as President. He is also the Ralph E. & Eloise F. Cross Professor, Emeritus, M.I.T.

During his tenure as the President of KAIST, he provided framework for two large-scale system, On-Line Electric Vehicle (OLEV)

Previously, he had been at MIT since 1970, where he was the Ralph E. & Eloise F. Cross Professor, Director of the Park Center for Complex Systems (formerly the Manufacturing Institute), and the Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering for ten years from 1991 to 2001. He was also the Founding Director of the MIT Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity (1977-1984), the Founder and Director of the MIT-Industry...
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