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Campus Mourns the Passing of Michael I. Savic

July 3, 2019

Campus Mourns the Passing of Michael I. Savic

Professor Emeritus Michael I. Savic, age 89, died in Atlanta, Georgia on June 24, 2019. He was born in Belgrade, Serbia, and immigrated to the United States in 1967.

Dr. Savic received a Dr. Eng. Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, in 1965. He was principal investigator on 32 major projects, mainly in areas of industrial and biomedical electronics, and in signal processing. He published over 79 professional papers, and was granted eight patents; 220 citations of his work were published in literature.

Dr. Savic was a devoted and admired mentor, advising more than 100 students working toward bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

Dr. Savic joined Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1982. He was professor of electrical engineering and Director of the Signal and Speech Research Laboratory.

Survivors include his daughter, Alice Jane Savic, and brother, Dr. Slobodan Savic. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, New York.


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