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Sergio D. 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.

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.

Servetto Family Trust Fund

A trust fund aimed at helping the Servetto family, not only in their immediate hours of need but also in the difficult years to come, has been established by the IEEE Information Theory Society and Cornell University.

Donations are requested and can be made using the following information:

Name of Fund: The Servetto Family Fund
Through: CFCU Community Credit Union

Contributions: at any CFCU branch or mail to the main office.
CFCU Community Credit Union, 1030 Craft Road, Ithaca, NY 14850
Checks payable to: Servetto Family Fund

Alternatively, donations can be made by international bank transfer to a European bank account, using the following codes:

IBAN: PT50 0035 0578 00004602500 54
BIC SWIFT: CGDIPTPL

Name: João Barros
Address: Rua do Campo Alegre, 1266, 4 DIR, 4150-174 Porto, Portugal

When using the second option, please send an email to jbarros AT fc DOT up DOT pt with name, location and donated amount. This information will be used for bookkeeping purposes. Inquiries may be sent to the same email address.

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