June 3, 2013

Graduate student Kyle Wecker dies at age 30

Kyle Wecker, 30, a graduate student in the field of electrical and computer engineering, died June 1 in Ithaca. The Ithaca Police Department is investigating, and foul play is not suspected.

“I want to extend my deepest sympathies to all those who knew Kyle, on behalf of our entire community,” said Susan Murphy, vice president for student and academic services. “We have lost a promising scholar.”

Wecker, who earned his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley, worked with Professor Rajit Manohar’s research group in the area of asynchronous VLSI (very-large-scale-integration) and architecture. He had been contributing to the design of a VLSI chip that modeled neurons, synapses and their connectivity, according to a statement sent to the College of Engineering community by Dean Lance Collins.

“Kyle will be missed by all,” said Collins. “Our sincere condolences go out to his family and friends. Please join together and support each other in this difficult time.”

Wecker is survived by a daughter, age 4, and several close relatives.

 

Resources:

Support services are available to all members of the Cornell community. Students may consult with a Gannett health care provider or counselor by calling 607-255-5155. Employees may call the Faculty Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) at 607-255-2673. An Ithaca-based CrisisLine is available at 607-272-1616. For additional resources, visit the Caring Community site.