SPIE sends its deepest condolences to the families of the victims of the Virginia Tech tragedy. As several were from the Engineering Department, they had interacted with many people in the SPIE community. These included Professors Liviu Librescu and Kevin Granata.
Librescu, a Holocaust survivor, taught at Virginia Tech for 20 years and had an international reputation for his work in aeronautical engineering. He served on the program committee of the SPIE conference "Modeling, Signal Processing and Control for Smart Structures 2007." Ishwar Puri, head of the engineering science and mechanics department, said Granata was one of the top five biomechanics researchers in the country working on movement dynamics in cerebral palsy.
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