COC Division Dean Passes Away

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College of the Canyons Dean of Mathematics, Sciences and Engineering Technologies, Dr. Ram Manvi speaks at Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Clean Room.
College of the Canyons Dean of Mathematics, Sciences and Engineering Technologies, Dr. Ram Manvi speaks at Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Clean Room.

College of the Canyons Dean of Mathematics, Sciences and Engineering Technologies, Dr. Ram Manvi, has passed away at the age of 71. He died suddenly at his home Monday.

“Ram came to us with an extensive resume filled with breadth and depth from more than four decades of international- and national-level work experience in math, science and engineering, including industry employment, consulting, and teaching experiences on several levels. He received his Ph.D. from Washington State University in 1968, specializing in mechanical engineering, and he was a registered Professional Mechanical Engineer in California. He taught undergraduate and graduate-level courses and served as department chair and college dean at Cal State Los Angeles.”

“We will greatly miss Ram for his wry sense of humor, keen intellect, probing questions and tremendous joy in life. Ram had great energy and loved advancing his field at College of the Canyons.”

“Ram had great insight into how to draw the community into the college, and how to build industry and community networks and support. Faculty, students and staff all connected with his kind and gentle manner.”

Dr. Manvi had an extensive list of accomplishments. He worked at JPL for more than 30 years. While there he has involved in the areas of Advanced Energy Systems, Spacecraft Thermal Control, Nuclear Space Power, Evaluation and Assessment of Advanced Space Technologies, Systems Engineering and Mars Exploration. He was also a noted researcher with published works covering a wide spectrum of topics related to energy conversion and thermal systems engineering.

Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced at a later time.

Austin Dave, Staff Writer

Austin spent two years in the GVTV television production class at Golden Valley High School — one year on the staff and one year as the student producer. Following graduation in June 2009 he enrolled in the News Media class at College of the Canyons, where he enjoys his position as Web Director of Cougar News Online (CougarNews.com). In his spare time, Austin films and edits projects for local businesses, schools and bands. Video editing and cinematography are his two deepest passions. He enjoys living in the city of Santa Clarita and is the youngest member of the SCVTV staff.

  • Diana Watkins

    Thank you. We are shocked beyond words. Ram was loved by so many. He has left a huge hole. But we press on…..he would expect that.

  • Beverly Kemmerling

    Ram was such a gentle, good humored man, quietly brilliant. It was a privilege to know and work with him. He had so much energy, he’s the type of man we think will live forever. He leaves a lasting legacy at COC.

  • Ernie Tichenor

    He was a great guy. Sorry to hear the news.