The Fordham University community mourns the death of Lurng-Kuo Liu, Ph.D., an adjunct professor in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences, who died on May 4 while on business in Saudi Arabia. He was 50 years old.

“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Dr. Liu,” said Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University. “We can only imagine how painful it is to lose a husband and father—suddenly and senselessly—in the prime of his life. I know that every member of the Fordham family has Lurng-Kuo Liu, his family, and his loved ones, in their thoughts and prayers today.”

Liu joined Fordham this semester to teach a graduate course in financial programming. He was also an adjunct professor at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University and at Columbia University.

In addition to his teaching, Liu worked as a solutions architect at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., where he specialized in high performance computing and multicore computing solutions. He previously worked as a program manager for the Blue Gene (BG/L) System at IBM.

Liu had also been a visiting professor at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia, where he taught high performance computing and parallel programming paradigms.

He held a Ph.D. in computer engineering/communications from the University of Maryland College Park, and an M.S. in control engineering from National Chiao Tung University in Hsinchu, Taiwan.

Liu is survived by his wife, Shu-Chin Chung, and two daughters, Claire and Angela.

A funeral service will take place on at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, at:

Yorktown Funeral Home
945 East Main Street
Shrub Oak, NY  10588

Viewing hours will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on the same day.

In lieu of flowers, a collection is being taken for the children’s college fund.