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A Message from the Dean of the GWC Whiting
School of Engineering

On Saturday morning, five graduate students of the Whiting School of Engineering were involved in a very serious car accident. Three of the five students died from their injuries. All of the students involved in the accident were international students originally from India. The three students who did not survive were Bhavesh Gandhi (ECE), Jithesh Parameswaran (CS), and Swaminathan Jayaraman (MSE).

In addition, two students involved in the accident were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. As of Sunday evening, Veeraraghavan Venkataramani (ECE) was scheduled for release from the hospital and Abhishek Agarwal (CS) is listed in serious but stable condition and is recovering from leg injuries.

We are shocked and saddened by the news that three of our students have died and two more were injured. I am sure that this tragic loss will touch everyone on the Homewood campus, and most particularly the faculty and students from Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, and Materials Science and Engineering Departments, the home departments of the graduate students involved in the accident.

We are currently working with the families and close friends of the students to accommodate their needs. As this process moves forward we will continue to work with them and with the Indian student organization to plan a suitable memorial for the deceased students. Once plans for a memorial ceremony are set we will make the information public so that all of us who are touched by this tragic loss may come together as a community.

Ilene Busch-Vishniac
Dean, Whiting School of Engineering
Johns Hopkins University

Follow this link to comments by university chaplain Sharon Kugler at the annual Homewood campus holiday candle lighting, November 30, 1998.

Follow these links for....

Information about the memorial service.

Information about the memorial funds.

Other Sources of News about the Accident

The Baltimore Sun, Nov. 29, 1998
3 Hopkins students die in crash

The Baltimore Sun, Nov. 30, 1998
Students' deaths hit hard at Hopkins

The Hopkins News-Letter, Dec. 3, 1998
Graduate Students Killed

The Gazette, Dec. 7, 1998
Memorial service pays tribute to three students killed in Thanksgiving crash

For more information, contact Steve Libowitz in the Office of News and Information, 410-516-7160; pager: 410-512-7962; email: jhunews@jhu.edu.

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