December 6, 2009
Globe-Trotting Academics Find New Career Paths
As a bright young doctoral student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mary Kathryn Thompson was headed toward a job as an engineering professor at a top American university. But a conversation with a prominent professor at MIT changed that, virtually overnight.
The professor, Nam-Pyo Suh, who was from South Korea, had worked in science policy for the Reagan administration and had chaired the mechanical-engineering department at MIT. He told her he was leaving to be a dean