The has announced a $4 million gift from alumnus Hock E. Tan to endow a professorship in its .
The gift will enable the school to establish an endowed position and reward an outstanding faculty member in the department while supporting and enhancing its research and educational programs. The professorship will be named in honor of Nam P. Suh, a celebrated mechanical engineer and MIT alumnus who led the department from 1991 to 2001 and is now Ralph E. and Eloise F. Cross Professor Emeritus.
"Professor Suh was an inspiration to me, as well as a friend," said Tan, who came to MIT from Penang, Malaysia. "I am very grateful for the support he gave me during my time at MIT."
Tan graduated from MIT in 1975 with bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering, and later earned an MBA from . He has held high-level finance and executive positions at , , , and and currently serves as CEO of .
"I am incredibly moved by Hock Tan's gift and his investment in our future," said Gang Chen, the Carl Richard Soderberg Professor of Power Engineering and current head of the MechE department. "It is wonderful that he has chosen to name this professorship in honor of Professor Nam Suh, who is a very special person in both our lives. Professor Suh played an important role in my life and career when he brought me to MIT as a faculty member in 2001."