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News on the loss of an engineering student

Vice Provost for Student Affairs Susie Brubaker-Cole shares a Department of Electrical Engineering message with the campus community.

Dear students, faculty and staff,

I am writing today on behalf of the president and provost to forward tragic news about the loss of a student. The following message was sent last night to the Department of Electrical Engineering’s students, faculty and staff. Jacob Meisel was pursuing his bachelor’s and master’s degrees when he passed away in Palo Alto on Monday. In honoring the family’s wish for privacy, we can only share that the cause was unrelated to COVID-19. We know this is difficult news to bear, especially at a time of great loss worldwide. Yesterday afternoon, we began reaching out to Jacob’s friends, classmates and faculty, and we will continue to do so in the days and weeks to come. This morning, we are conveying this information to the entire campus so that we can share in consoling those who are grieving. Every life lost strikes a blow to the heart of our community, and the loss of such a young and promising person is especially sorrowful. I hope that each of you will take the time you need to seek support in the ways that are most helpful to you. The Department of Electrical Engineering provides below an extensive list of university resources. Please know that there are many who are here to support you.


Susie Brubaker-Cole
Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Dear Electrical Engineering Community,

It is with a heavy heart that our department shares the loss of EE MS coterm student, Jacob Meisel. Our community is deeply saddened by this tragic loss amidst an already challenging time. We understand that this news may be very stressful for everyone that may have been directly and indirectly impacted. We want you to be aware that there are various support services that are available to you.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to any of us. Please check in with one another and take care of yourselves, your friends and family, and those around you.

The Department of Electrical Engineering