In Memory: Evgeny (Eugene) Rivin

The College of Engineering laments the loss of its colleague and professor, Evgeny (Eugene) Rivin, who died after a long struggle with serious illness on June 6, 2011 at the age of 78.

Professor Rivin taught in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Wayne State since 1981. His primary skills and interests were in the fields of problem analysis, definition, and solving using TRIZ methodology, Research and Development, and the implementation of R&D results. His extensive career provided him with experience in the areas of Machine Tools, Manufacturing Engineering, Robotics,Structural Dynamics/Rigidity, Vibration/Noise Control, Mechanical Design/Advanced Machine Elements, Dynamics of Rotating Systems, Rubber in Machine Design, and Standardization.

“Professor Rivin will always remain in our thoughts and prayers,” says Walter Bryzik, chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.  “He was a great educator and innovator, and his immense legacy to the ME Department will always be remembered with great respect.”

The funeral was held Friday 10 June at the Ira Kaufman Chapel in Southfield, Mich. Professor Rivin's family suggests that any donations given in his memory should go to the giving individual's favorite charity in the name of Professor Rivin.

He is survived by children Dr. Igor (Julia) Rivin and Natalia Mayer, grandchild Raphael Rivin, companion Annikki Kurvi and Irina Rivin.

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