In memoriam, Dr. Ivan Stojmenovic, renowned expert and professor

Posted on Thursday, November 13, 2014

Ivan Stojmenovic

"A great man is one who leaves others at a loss after he is gone”. – Paul Valéry

Indeed, since Dr. Ivan Stojmenovic has passed away after tragic car accident on November 3rd, 2014, the whole uOttawa community has been grieving the loss of a great man. Members of the Faculty of Engineering are especially saddened by the loss of their colleague, who contributed so much to the Faculty for over 20 years.

During his eulogy at the funeral service that was held last Sunday, November the 9th, Dean Claude Laguë has reminded us of Professor Stojmenovic’s important contribution to our Faculty and uOttawa at large.

“Our university has tremendously benefited from Ivan’s professional contributions in teaching, student supervision, research, and service since he joined our then Department of Computer Science back in 1988 as an Assistant Professor. Ivan’s passion and hard work allowed him to rapidly progress through the ranks and by 1995 he was a Full Professor of computer science and he established himself as an internationally recognized expert who had an exceptional breadth of professional interests”.

The Faculty members were shocked  by this sad news, and several professors have joined their voices to express their sympathies.

“It is so sad. It is hard to believe”. – Professor Ksenia Dolgaleva

“Indeed, this is very, very sad news. Just over a month ago in September we were at the FedCSIS-2014 conference where Ivan was invited as a Keynote Speaker. My deepest sympathy to his family! ” – Professor Thomas T. Tran.

“Our colleague, Dr. Ivan Stojmenovic, Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, tragically lost his life in a car accident. Our thoughts must be with Ivan's family in these most difficult times”. – Dean Claude Laguë 

Stojmenovic was a full professor and a researcher who published more than 290 different papers in referred journals and conferences. He pioneered the design of data communication protocols for wireless ad hoc and sensor networks. In 2012, his work was recognized as he was inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) for his exceptional contributions to this field of research. Throughout his career, Dr. Stojmenovic received numerous awards, served as visiting professor in several universities, worked as editor in chief and managing editor in various scientific journals, and chaired many IEEE events.  In his personal life, Stojmenovic was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

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