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The Passing of Professor Emeritus Shyam Murarka

From the President's Desk

To: The Rensselaer Community
Re: The Passing of Professor Emeritus Shyam Murarka

It is with great sadness that I write to inform you of the passing of Professor Emeritus Shyam Murarka on Oct. 20, 2021. He was 81. 

Dr. Murarka received a Ph.D. in metallurgy and materials science from the University of Minnesota, as well as a Ph.D. in chemistry from Agra University in India. He has 298 published papers, has authored six books, and holds 21 patents. Dr. Murarka was a thesis adviser for 30 master's and 25 Ph.D. students at Rensselaer. He enjoyed discussing his research ideas and publications. 

Dr. Murarka joined Rensselaer in 1984 as professor of materials engineering. He served as the director of the Center for Integrated Electronics and Electronics Manufacturing, and technical director of  the New York Sematech Center of Excellence.

Prior to joining Rensselaer, Dr. Murarka was a supervisor in materials technology at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey, 1972-84.

His work was widely published in scientific journals and he served as co-editor of seven books for the Materials Research Society.

Dr. Murarka was the devoted husband to the late Saroj Murarka; they were married for 58 years. He is survived by his son, Sumeet Murarka, MBA ’02 and his wife, Pamela, who is a senior business administrator in the School of Science, and their children, Anisha Murarka ’14 and Sean Murarka, Class of 2023 architecture major; additional grandchildren Maya and Elina; brother Ajit Murarka (Sushma) and their children, Anup and Dr. Putul Allen; and many friends and family. In addition to his wife and parents, Dr. Murarka was predeceased by his son, Dr. Amal Murarka (Margi Rosenthal); and his sister, Jivacchi. 

Our deepest thoughts are with the family and friends of Dr. Shyam Murarka and we honor the contributions he made to both the Rensselaer community and to the world. He will be greatly missed by colleagues, students, former students, and friends.