Dr. Yitshak Ram Remembered for His Contributions to Teaching and Research

May 25, 2015 | LSU Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

"Brilliant mind, unique sense of humor, the kindest of hearts, battered by tragedy but not beaten, find peace in God's fold, while we remember, Yitshak, shalom..."    --Dr. Dimitris Nikitopoulos 

LSU's College of Engineering mourns the loss of Dr. Yitshak Ram, a professor in Mechanical Engineering and holder of the Wooley Professorship in Mechanical Engineering.   Dr. Ram joined the mechanical engineering program in 1999 after completing his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Technion University in Israel and teaching abroad in Hong Kong and Australia.     He served his department and university judicially for more than 15 years devoting  his time to research in the areas of dynamics, vibration and control.   To that end, he successfully published more than 75 journal articles, three book chapters and co-authored the book, Mathematical Modeling: Concepts and Case Studies. When not in the lab, Dr. Ram greatly supported the teaching agenda of the department during his tenure by teaching Dynamics, Kinematics, Advanced Vibrations, Numerical Methods in Applied Mechanics, Engineering Use of Electronic Computers, Mechanical Vibrations and Advanced Dynamics.

"Dr. Ram was an astute professor who cared deeply for our students and their success," said Rick Koubek, Dean of LSU's College of Engineering.  "He will be greatly missed  by his faculty peers and those students whom he served."  

To honor his memory, the department has established the Yitshak Ram Memorial Scholarship for Undergraduate Studies. Those wishing to contribute may make donations via the LSU Foundation or by contacting Dr. Dimitris Nikitopoulos, chair of the department via email at medimi@lsu.edu.