Dr. Nam Pyo Suh was the 13th and 14th President of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). He is also the Ralph E. & Eloise F. Cross Professor, Emeritus, M.I.T. He was also the Head of Mechanical Engineering (1991-2001), Director of L.M.P. (1976-1984), and Director of the MIT-Industry Polymer Processing Program (1973-1984) at MIT. He was the presidential appointee in charge of engineering at N.S.F. (1984-1988).
He is the author of about 300 papers and eight books and holds about 100 patents, including those related to tribology, MuCell (microcellular plastics), Mixalloy, the on-line electric vehicle (OLEV), and the Mobile Harbor (M.H.). He is the author of the papers on delamination theory of wear, the genesis of friction, solution wear, and undulated surfaces. He is also the author of Tribophysics; The Principles of Design; Axiomatic Design: Advances and Applications; and Complexity: Theory and Applications; and On-Line Electric Vehicle (OLEV). He edited many books.
During his tenure at KAIST (from July 2006 to March 2013), its worldwide reputation has increased from 198th to 63rd overall and top ’20s in many fields of engineering. He received ten honorary doctoral degrees from four continents, including three in the U.S., one in Sweden, one in Israel, one in Australia, one in Portugal, two in Romania, and one in Turkey. He is the recipient of the 2009 ASME Medal; the 2006 General Pierre Nicolau Award of CIRP; the National Science Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award; Ho-Am Prize in Engineering; Hills Millennium Award of the Institution of Engineering Designers of U.K.; Mensforth International Gold Medal; The Institution of Electrical Engineers, U.K., William T. Ennor Manufacturing Technology Award, ASME; and many other awards from many countries. He is a member of many academies. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and a member of the International Advisory Board of the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM).