UPDATE, Feb. 15 — A Stanford graduate student who died by suicide in an engineering lab has been identified by the Santa Clara County medical examiner’s office as Ziwen “Jerry” Wang, 26. Wang’s LinkedIn profile states that he was a fifth-year Ph.D. student in materials science and engineering. He earned an undergraduate physics degree in China in 2014.
The medical examiner said Feb. 14 that Wang died by hanging himself. Police said Monday (Feb. 11) that he died in the Paul G. Allen Building at 330 Serra Mall, at the north side of the Engineering Quad.
At Stanford’s Nano Electronics Lab, Wang focused his research on resistive random-access memory, a type of computer memory, under engineering professor H.-S. Philip Wong.
Wang is also listed as a student researcher in the Nishi Nano-Electronics Group, under electrical engineering and materials science professor Yoshio Nishi.
EARLIER STORY, Feb. 11 — An engineering graduate student was found dead today (Feb. 11) in the Paul G. Allen Building at Stanford, according to university officials.
Jennifer Widom, the dean of the School of Engineering, sent out a message to the engineering department this evening.
Widom said there are no ongoing safety concerns for the campus, but didn’t identify how the student died.
The Stanford Daily reported that the student was a man and was found dead by an apparent suicide in an Engineering Quad laboratory this morning.
The Allen Building is located at 330 Serra Mall, at the north side of the Engineering Quad.
The Santa Clara County medical examiner’s office will contact the student’s next of kin before releasing his or her name.
“I know I speak for all of us here at Stanford in offering our sympathies to the individual’s family, loved ones, fellow students and friends,” Widom said. “The death of a student is always hard to understand and accept. Please take care of yourselves and those around you.”
Widom listed resources available to students in need of crisis counseling, including the university’s Counseling and Psychological Services, which offers walk-in appointments and 24/7 clinicians available by phone at (650) 723-3785.
The Bridge Peer Counseling Center offers counseling by trained students 24/7 at (650) 723-3392, and the Office for Religious Life offers spiritual guidance for students at (650) 723-1762.