Nanotechnology professor found dead in his lab


Nanowerk News
July 14, 2010

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Franco Cerrina, 62, chair of the College of Engineering’s electrical and computer engineering department, was found dead Monday morning in a laboratory on the fifth floor of the Photonics Center. A staff member discovered Cerrina’s body lying on the floor of the lab at about 9:30 a.m. A faculty member called the Boston University Police Department, which contacted Boston Police.

Franco Cerrina, who had “distinguished himself by his intellect, leadership, and warmth to all who had the chance to know him,” says BU President Robert A. Brown, will be sorely missed.

Boston Police spokesperson Jill Flynn says officers arrived at the scene at 9:35 a.m. The death has been ruled “noncriminal” by the Boston department. “It is not a homicide,” Flynn says.

Scott Pare, Boston University deputy director of public safety, says BU Police are working with Boston Police in investigating the death.

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