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I grew up with plenty of smart people. They would beat me at chess, they could solve brain teasers before I could, but then they would struggle in algebra. These were incredibly smart people who simply did not have the foundation in math that I had.

Salman Khan (Khan Academy)

For us, free really means free. So far it’s been donors who have paid for it. Over the longer term, we think there will be ways to get other revenue that doesn’t conflict with the “free” part.

Salman Khan (Khan Academy)

My background is in software, and I have always had these romantic notions of starting writing software that could help people learn, so I started writing a little tool that would give Nadia and her brothers and the other people I was working with practice problems.

Salman Khan (Khan Academy)

I had no preconceived notions about how people learned; I was constrained by no orthodoxy regarding the ‘right’ way to do things

Salman Khan (Khan Academy)

I was a student of mechanical engineering ,I went to, probably took just one or two classes of metallurgy at that time and in the US also all my degrees are in mechanical engineering ,but for my PhD I worked with somebody who was trained as a metallurgist but he was in mechanical engineering. That’s how I got into it. Then for my post doc work in Berkley, I was in materials science department. So I was always in between these two, then when I moved back to MIT as professor I moved to Materials Science Department.

Subra Suresh

The NSF plays a key role as a major contribution to the innovation ecosystem of the country. Scientific discoveries begin with the kind of efforts that the NSF sponsors.

Subra Suresh

I think India is a key player for a variety of reasons, one, you have the human talent, a large number of very good students given the large population, so unlike some small countries that are struggling for the right number of people with their population, so that’s a very good sign.

Subra Suresh

When I got into IIT in 1972 it was based on my score in four, three-hour exams, and if you are in the top 1,300 out of 300,000 to 400,000 high school students, you get in. For some of the wealthy families in India, the Ivy League is considered a set of safety schools if their kids don’t get into IIT.

Subra Suresh

The NSF is very unique in its mission. It is the only federal agency in the U.S., and perhaps globally, that funds research in all branches of science and engineering.

Subra Suresh

Rapid changes in technology and the increasingly widespread global access to knowledge and information generated by such technology are creating new opportunities and challenges for research funders, performers, publishers and the general public.

Subra Suresh

Materials science is a multidisciplinary area that contributes to and derives information from a broad spectrum of intellectual disciplines. As the scope and breadth of knowledge encompassed by materials science expand, one of the key challenges is to ensure that students, faculty and researchers alike have access to digital information of content, knowledge, data, and research developments in a searchable, economical, and rapidly accessible manner.

Subra Suresh

I’ve noticed that at MIT or Stanford, students are more independent and willing to try out a lot of things on their own.

Hari Balakrishnan

Undergraduates do a lot more in terms of research and side-projects than in IIT. I think in IIT there were too many courses.

Hari Balakrishnan

Everything I do is motivated by a single question: how do you construct a technology network that is capable of connecting billions of people from all around the world?

Hari Balakrishnan

The laboratory works in many different veins.In particular, my work focuses on wireless communications, network sensors, internet architecture and peer-to-peer technology.

Hari Balakrishnan

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