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Dean Yortsos on the tragic loss of Xinran Ji

Our engineering community as well as the entire Trojan Family was deeply saddened today to learn of the tragic death of one of our graduate students in electrical engineering. Xinran Ji was found dead this morning in his apartment, an apparent victim of an assault that happened while he was walking near the intersection of 29th Street and Orchard Avenue. The LAPD is investigating vigorously, bringing substantial resources to bear to solve this crime.

We have spoken with Xinran’s family in China and are making arrangements for them to travel to Los Angeles. We are providing our support to them as well as other members of our campus community who knew him.  Anyone who would like counseling or other support services may contact Student Affairs at 213-740-2421 or Student Counseling Services at 213-740-7711.  In addition, our Office of Graduate and Professional Programs (GAPP) will be available to advise and offer guidance during this critical period (OHE 106).

Xinran joined the school in the Fall of 2013 and was a beloved member of the Viterbi community and the Trojan Family.  As a Dean and Professor but also as a Viterbi parent, this news hits me very deeply. On behalf of the School, my heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of the victim.

We know that our entire community joins us in expressing our care and concern for the family and friends of Xinran.  We will let you know as soon as we have information on any memorial services.

Yannis C. Yortsos

Dean, USC Viterbi School of Engineering

Yannis C. Yortsos 院长致辞


我们已经与纪同学在中国的家人通过电话,并且安排他们来洛杉矶善后。我们会向纪同学的家人以及认识纪同学的人提供协助。任何人如果因为这件不幸事件需要心理辅导或寻求其他协助,请致电(213) 740-2421与学生事务部或 (213) 740-7711与学生辅导服务部联系。此外,我们的研究所和专业课程办公室(GAPP)也会在这段关键时期提供建议及辅导(OHE 106)。



Yannis C. Yortsos

南加州大学 Viterbi工程学院院长


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