Jayandran Palaniappan Obituary
Name Jayandran Palaniappan
Families Palaniappan family
Born January 29, 1976
Died June 3, 2010 (33 years old)
Social Security Death Record
SSN 327-XX-8661 [ ? ]
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Your presence is requested at the memorial service for Jayandran Palaniappan onSaturday, July 10, 2010, at 11:00 a.m., at Heath and Vaughn Funeral Home, 201 N. Elm, Champaign.
Jayandran was born in 1976 and passed away in 2010. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, India, and both Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
PhD Announcement: Jayandran Palaniappan
Friday, January 12th at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM in 143 Mechanical Engineering Building
Speaker: Jayandran Palanaiappan
Host: Professor Robert Haber: Director of Dissertation Research
"A Spacetime Discontinuous Galerkin Method for Hyperbolic Conservation Laws"
Birth: Jan. 29, 1976, India
Death: May 11, 2010
New York, USA
Bioengineering researcher at the University of IL and Beckman Institute. He received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology. He received his master's degree and PhD from U of IL. His funding at Beckman Institute had run out. He chose to suicide by going over Niagra Falls.
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Jayandran Palaniappan, a young man from India, worked in bioengineering research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Funding for this position was about to run out; he’d been fired, because of the bad economy, from some private industry positions before this.
Like Jerry Wolff, a biology professor at St. Cloud State, and like a number of other students and professors UD has covered on this blog, Palaniappan meticulously planned his suicide.
[P]olice have been able to determine that Palaniappan took a shuttle to O’Hare Airport in Chicago, flew to Buffalo, N.Y., and took a shuttle to a Comfort Inn not far from Niagara Falls, all on May 11.
“He apparently walked into the water and went over the falls,” [a policeman] said.
Palaniappan was a runner (Googling his name produces many races in which he took part). Like Wolff, a serious outdoorsman who traveled to and killed himself in a national park (to “return my body and soul to nature,” he wrote in a suicide note), and like Cameron Dabaghi, a Yale athlete who took a train from New Haven to the Empire State Building and, with a running start, cleared a barrier at its top, Palaniappan seems to have chosen his form of suicide with great care, to reflect in some way his philosophy of life. All three men journeyed to iconic locations and then, in a last burst of physical vigor, ran off the face of the earth.
UI researcher believed to have jumped into Niagara Falls; body has not been found
Sat, 06/05/2010 - 7:00am | Mary Schenk, staff writer,
URBANA – A bioengineering researcher from the University of Illinois is missing at Niagara Falls in upstate New York.
Jayandran Palaniappan, 34, of Champaign, a native of India, is believed to have jumped into the falls on May 11, according to UI police Lt. Roy Acree, who is assisting New York State park police in their investigation into the missing man.
"He left a note. They haven't found his body," Acree said.
Detective Sgt. Brian Nisbet of the New York State park police confirmed that his department is working with Acree on a possible suicide but said he was not able to release the person's name.
He said four people saw a person jump into the falls on the American side about 7:30 p.m. Eastern time on May 11. They were about 20 feet away, Nisbet said.
Acree said police have been able to determine that Palaniappan took a shuttle to O'Hare Airport in Chicago, flew to Buffalo, N.Y., and took a shuttle to a Comfort Inn not far from Niagara Falls, all on May 11.
"He apparently walked into the water and went over the falls," Acree said.
Nisbet said a recovery team checked the upper and lower river, the river bank and the Maid of the Mist dock.
"We're looking for a survivor or the person that went over," Nisbet said, adding that there isn't a high survival rate by people who go over the falls on the American side.
Nisbet said American and Canadian authorities deal with anywhere from 12 to 24 suicides a year. He said police in both countries do frequent checks of the gorge.
Palaniappan was a post-doctorate researcher in bioengineering at the Beckman Institute in Urbana who had recently learned that his position was not going to be renewed, according to Acree. He is married to a woman who is also a researcher at the UI and works at Beckman.
According to Palaniappan's profile on the professional networking website LinkedIn, he attended the UI from 1997 to 2006, getting his master's and doctoral degrees in theoretical and applied mechanics. He had received undergraduate degrees in India. He also held engineering jobs in private industry from January 2007 to February 2009 before joining the Beckman Institute in June 2009.
Mike Insana, head of the department of bioengineering at the UI and a team leader of a group at Beckman, said Palaniappan had worked on his team about a year.
"He was a graduate of the UI from the TAM (theoretical and applied mechanics) program who went on to Caterpillar and worked there for some time and was laid off when bad things happened to the economy. When he left there, his wife was already working at Beckman and he had important computational skills that I was needing for studies in human tissues," Insana said.
At Caterpillar, Insana said, Palaniappan worked on computer programs that predicted the behavior of materials. Those skills translated to Insana's team's study of human tissue in cancer.
Insana said Palaniappan was informed a couple of weeks before he left town that funding for his position at Beckman had run out.
"He'd been looking for a job and we had discussed his prospects just two days before he left town. It's all a big shock what happened. He left very careful notes where I could find things. He apologized to me. He was such a sweet man."
"He was just so gentle all the time. When he first came to work, he spent time training other students in lab. He was always helpful, a member of the team," Insana said.
Name: Jayandran Palaniappan
State of Issue: Illinois
Date of Birth: Thursday January 29, 1976
Date of Death: Thursday June 03, 2010
Est. Age at Death: 34 years, 4 months, 5 days