November 8, 2011
Civil Engineering senior, Omar Ramirez, died on November 4, 2011 at the age of 22. Ramirez was killed in a car accident in the City of Ontario.
Ramirez joined Cal Poly Pomona's Civil Engineering Department in 2009. He had strong interests in transportation engineering. His dream was to be a traffic engineer to help solve transportation problems in southern California.
Students, faculty, and staff of the department express deep shock and sadness upon learning of his tragic death. They lined up in front of a poster at Building 17 to pay their respect to him.
“I've been saddened, confused and frustrated over this terrible news. I saw so much potential in Omar: young, strong, dedicated. My heart goes out to his family,” said Edgar Reynaga, student who teamed with Omar for the Caltrans-sponsored senior project on the improvement of the Interchange of I -10 at 4th Street.
Professor Wen Cheng said “Omar was an exceptional student who did summer research with me on traffic simulation. He presented his work at the conferences. Sadly, he could not present at the upcoming Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research (SCCUR). He was an active member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Student Chapter. ”
"This is very shocking news that affects all of us individually and as a community. Omar was a very good student, a young man in the process of uncovering his full potential. The faculty, staff and students thoughts are with his family in this difficult time”, said Professor and Department Chair Francelina Neto.