Aluru J. Prasad, who has been charged with attempted espionage in a case now before the US District Court, has not been a teacher or professor at MIT, according to MIT personnel and telephone book records. Please do not refer to him in that way.
Mr. Prasad was a graduate student at MIT from September, 1966 until May, 1968. He received a master's degree in management from MIT in 1968, and during the last year of his graduate study, he was listed in the telephone directory as a research assistant.
MIT's immediately available personnel records, dating back to 1969, and phone book records from 1965 to present, show no record of his employment at MIT in any capacity, much less in the teaching ranks of lecturer or instructor or in the tenure track positions of assistant professor, associate professor, and professor.
MIT inquired of the US Attorney's Office, and was told by a spokesperson that Alexandra Leake, the prosecuting attorney, does not believe that Prasad taught at MIT. Mr. Prasad's attorney, Dennis Saylor, informed MIT that to his knowledge, Mr. Prasad never taught at MIT.
Boston Globe reporter Judy Rakowsky told me she believed she read it in one of the prosecution documents, and is in the process of researching it for a possible correction.
If MIT gets any further information to show that Mr. Prasad was employed by MIT, we will inform you of the fact.