March 2012 - Vedant Patel, a senior in the UNL Department of Computer and Electronics Engineering (CEEN), died March 5 in Omaha, Nebraska of stab wounds.
Patel was born in India and as a youth moved with his family to the United States. He studied at the College of Engineering's Omaha program at The Peter Kiewit Institute, where he had been on the Dean’s List and served as an Engineering Diplomat who gave tours to incoming students and helped them transition to the college.
Patel was expected to finish his Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics Engineering and graduate in May 2012. He planned to begin a job with John Deere in North Carolina after commencement.
Patel's professor, CEEN Department Chairman Bing Chen, said he feels like he has lost a son. Chen described Patel as a "magnetic, radiant, full of joy" type of person who would continually reach out to others.
Visitation for family and friends is Thursday, March 8, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Dugan Funeral Chapel in Fremont, Neb. The service will be held Friday, March 9, beginning at 10 a.m.
In honor of Vedant, a scholarship fund is now established. Donors may contact the University of Nebraska Foundation for more information.