Longtime ERL member and former research scientist Zhenya Zhu dies

MIT Earth Resources Laboratory
Friday, February 19, 2021

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Zhenya Zhu, a beloved member of our ERL community for more than 30 years, recently passed away from complications during a medical procedure on January 29th. 

Beyond his amazing research leadership and breadth of knowledge, however, were his greatest gifts – that of a warm, compassionate, and generous teacher, mentor, and friend. He was a mentor to generations of graduation students – taking time to help students learn to work in the lab, find a worthwhile research project for their general exam or thesis, or to answer questions about rock physics, wave propagation, borehole logging, or any other geophysical topic of interest. In particular, Zhenya was a father figure to many of ERL’s Chinese graduate students and postdocs over his 30-year career at ERL, and he remained a revered and supportive friend to everyone he met. He was a true gentleman and friend to all.