Liviu Bibrescu was born in Poliesti, Romania back in 1930. His family was deported to a labor camp in Transnistria. He survived the Holocaust and was repatriated to Communist Romania. He studied aerospace engineering the at the Polytechnic University of Bucharest graduating in 1952. Continuing his education, he earned his Ph.D. in fluid mechanics in 1969.
From 1979 to 1986 he was a Professor of Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering at Tel Aviv University. He left for the United States serving as a Professor at Virginia Tech in its Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics where he remained until his death in 2007, he was 76.
What you may not know about Liviu is that during the Virginia Tech shooting, he held the door to his lecture hall closed, allowing all but one of his students enough time to escape through the windows. He was killed during the attack. He was posthumously awarded the Order of the Star or Romania, his country’s highest civilian honor.
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