I loved your article on Professor Bose (“Rampant Curiosity,” MIT News, June 2005). I took his acoustics class in the early 1990s, and I fondly remember the field trip to his company. He demonstrated the prototype of his new auto suspension, and I was impressed by the fact that Professor Bose continued to tackle new and challenging engineering problems even though his company was so successful. I’m glad to see that auto design will now benefit from his work.
I also remember Professor Bose as an exceptionally caring person. As a student, I felt comfortable enough to ask him anything. While taking his class, I devised a conceptual design, which involved working with microphones, for my thesis. After class one day, I asked if he could spare a few minutes to bounce around a few ideas about my thesis. He said he would be glad to help and gave me at least 45 minutes. He listened patiently and asked me questions along the way. The exchange helped me to fine-tune my approach. It is merely a bonus that the design worked. What I remember most is the kindness of a busy and brilliant man who stopped to help someone along the way.
Ramona Tung ‘92, SM ‘94
La Canada Flintridge, CA