Tragic Loss of Sergio Servetto
The IEEE Information Theory Society mourns the loss of Professor Sergio D. Servetto, who passed away on July 24th 2007. He was the sole victim of an accident in a private plane, which he was flying from Michigan to Ithaca, NY.
Nov 14, 2008

Remembered by many as a passionate scientist with great intelligence, energy, daring, and personal warmth, Servetto was well known for his research and his involvement in the Society, in which he recently served as chair of the Student Committee.

Servetto was born in La Plata, Argentina, on January 18, 1968, and studied computer science at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata. Following a 1999 Ph.D. in computer science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, from which his dissertation received the David J. Kuck Outstanding Thesis Award, Servetto spent two years as a post-doctoral scholar at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL). He joined the faculty in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University in 2001, received a prestigious NSF CAREER award in 2003.

Dr. Servetto is survived by his wife Viviana and their two small boys, Luciano and Alejandro. More information, including pointers to a condolence book, trust fund, and news articles, are available at .