The horror of the senselesss killings at Virginia Tech University on Monday is slowly beginning to sink in.

Though the press has focused mainly on the student deaths, there was an even greater tragedy within the story… for among the victims were three engineering professors known world-wide for their contributions to their fields of interest.

Liviu Librescu: an internationally known lecturer on aeronautical engineering. His impressive credentials fill a very long page on Virginia Tech’s Web site.

Kevin Granata: a professor of engineering science and mechanics at Blacksburg, was a veteran. Granata’s research in biomechanics and robotics is well known to most in the industries.

G.V. Loganathan was an award-winning professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech.

The engineering profession and the world are poorer for their passing,