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NRI professor, Dr. G.V. Loganathan killed at Virginia Massacre


BLACKSBURG, Virginia, April 17, 2007
Prof. Ramesh Patel

NRI professor, Dr. G.V. Loganathan, 51, was teaching in a class at Norris Hall, Virginia Tech when a gunman went on the rampage. He was among those killed in the shooting at a Virginia university which left 33 people dead.

Loganathan received his bachelor's degree from Madras University. Prof Loganathan was in the top five in his year when he obtained his masters degree from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, in northern India. He got his doctorate from Purdue University. He won several teaching awards, including the university’s 2006 W.E. Wine Award for Excellence in Teaching as well as a best-professor award voted on by students.

Dr. Loganathan was born in the southern Indian city of Chennai, a native of Karattadipalayam in nearby Erode district. He had been a civil and environmental engineering professor at Virginia Tech since 1982. He had served on the faculty senate and was an adviser to about 75 undergraduate students.

According to Roanoke Times, the students said, Indian professor was always approachable, humble, kind and always willing to talk over an engineering problem, no matter what time of day.

"There were many nights when we’d stay up all night together so he could give me guidance with reports or papers for conference," said Craig Moore, a Virginia Tech doctoral student who was one of Loganathan’s advisees and friends.

"He was so devoted to his students, he would teach a full load throughout the regular year and then during the summer too," Moore added.

Ajit Pal Singh Raina president of Indian Students Association at University told media that there are about 700 members, making it the largest foreign body on campus. We had contacted most of the Indian student community and hope no student is involve in the shooting

Dr. Loganathan is survived by his wife, Usha, and two daughters. One daughter, Uma, an engineering student at The University of Virginia and another daughter who is a student at Blacksburg Middle School. The whole family stays on the campus in Blacksburg.

He had expressed his wish to his wife that his body should be buried in the university campus, if anything untoward happened to him in Virginia.





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Dr. G.V. Loganathan

  • Professor Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Research interests: Hydraulic networks, water resources systems analysis and design, and hydrology.
  • Research project for MUSES: As part of the Economics, Health, and Hydraulics subgroup, the goal is to develop a decision making tool that would allow homeowners to examine various alternatives in reaching an informed selection of piping material.