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Mechanical engineering educator

Nam Pyo Suh, American mechanical engineering educator. Achievements include holder 50 United States patents.


Suh, Nam Pyo was born on April 22, 1936 in Seoul. Arrived in the United States, 1954, naturalized, 1963. Son of Doo Soo and Joon Joo (Lee) Suh.


Bachelor of Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1959. Master of Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1961. Doctor of Philosophy, Carnegie-Mellon University, 1964.

Doctor of Engineering (honorary), Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 1986. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), University Massachusetts, Lowell, 1988. Doctor of Technology (honorary), Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, 2000.

D. Eng (honorary), University Queensland, Australia, 2007. Doctor of Science (honorary), Technion Island, 2007. Doctor of Science, Canegie Mellon University, 2008.

Doctor (honorary), Babes Bolyai University, Romania, 2009.


Development engineer Guild Plastics Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1958-1960. Senior research engineer, project manager USM Corporation, Beverly, 1961-1965. Assistant professor University South Carolina, Columbia, 1965-1968, associate professor, 1968-1969.

Associate professor mechanical engineering Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, 1970-1975, professor, since 1975, Ralph E. and Eloise F. Cross professor, since 1989, director Laboratory Manufacturing and Productivity, 1977-1984, director industry polymer processing program, 1973-1984, director Manufacturing Institute (now Park Center for Complex Systems), 1989—2006, Cross professor, department head mechanical engineering, 1991-2001. Presidential appointee assistant director for engineering National Science Foundation, Washington, 1984-1988. President Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, since 2006.

Board directors Axiomatic Design Software, Inc., Boston, Tribotek, Inc., Burlington, Massachusetts, Parker Vision, Inc., Jacksonville, Florida. Former consultant Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Advisor Korea Electrical Power Research Institute.

Former member science and technical review board National Engineering Laboratory, member National Research Council review panel, 1986—1990. Member visiting committee (statutory) National Institute Standards and Technology, 1990—1994. Member technical advisory committee Alcan Aluminum Corporation, 1989—1990.

Editor advanced manufacturing series Oxford University Press. Honorary professor University Hong Kong, since 2003. Distinguished visiting professor Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, since 2002.

Consultant professor Shangai Jiatong University, 2005.


  • Achievements include holder 50 United States patents.



Former chairman board Korean-American Society New England, 1979. Fellow: American Society of Mechanical Engineers (Gustus L. Larson Memorial award 1976, Blackall award 1982, W.T. Ennor Manufacturing Technical award 1993, Best Tribology Paper award 1993, House-American prize for Engineering House-American committee 1997, Inchon prize 2008, Pony Chung award 2008, Distinguished Alumni award 2008, medal 2009, Carnegie Mellon University Distinguished Alumni award 2008), Society Manufacturing Engineers (F.W. Taylor Research award 1986). Member: American Association for the Advancement of Science, Korean Academy of Sciences and Engineering, Royal Swedish Academy Engineering Science (foreign), International Academy Production Engineering, American Society Engineering Education (Centennial medal 1993, General Nicolau award 2006), Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Tau Sigma, Sigma Xi.


Married Young Ja Surh. Children: Mary M., Helen H., Grace J., Caroline Y.

Doo Soo Suh

Joon Joo (Lee) Suh

Young Ja Surh

Mary M. Suh

Helen H. Suh

Grace J. Suh

Caroline Y. Suh