In Memoriam: Pradip N. Sheth

Daily Progress obituary
January 27, 2009 — Pradip N. Sheth, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, died Jan. 6 in Charlottesville after suffering a stroke in December. He was 64.

On the faculty of the School of Engineering and Applied Science since 1985, Sheth helped establish a master's degree program in manufacturing systems engineering. The program was not only offered on Grounds, but also through the educational television system for real-time, interactive, distance learning. He was an active participant in the University's Rotating Machinery and Controls Consortium and the Kluge Rehabilitation Center.

He was a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Society for Engineering Education, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and the Sigma Xi and Pi Tau Sigma engineering honor societies.

Sheth was known nationally and internationally for his work in the design and analysis of mechanisms and machines. As a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he developed the Integrated Mechanisms Program system for computer-aided design and analysis of multi-body mechanical systems in three dimensions. More than 100 industrial and educational organizations worldwide utilized this system, which was the first of its kind.

He is survived by his wife, Diane C. Sheth; daughter Kelly L. Hering and her husband, Michael; and a brother, Tarun Sheth and his family.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.