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Avram Bar-Cohen

January 19, 1946October 10, 2020

Avram Bar-Cohen was born on January 19, 1946 and passed away on October 10, 2020 and is under the care of Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home.

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Yogendra Joshi

October 21, 2020

I knew Avi for over 35 years. When I finished my Ph.D. in 1984, the book by Avi and Allan Kraus, and a seminal paper by Avi and Warren Rohsenow had just been published. These were very influential in shaping my research as a new faculty member. I was introduced to Avi by Allan Kraus, who was a colleague and an early mentor. Avi's helpful nature, creative ideas, and intellectual brilliance were most striking. We had a close professional association since then. I contributed chapters to some of his series of books. We also co-organized sessions at several ASME and IEEE conferences. My research team was also a performer for his DARPA IceCool Program. This past summer, Avi was a co-organizer along with a few of us on a workshop on two-phase heat transfer, a topic of lifelong interest to him. Avi's energy, enthusiasm, leadership, hard work, dedication to the causes he championed, helpful nature to all, and infectious smile will forever be missed. I offer my deepest condolences to Anat and the family.

Kaiser Matin

October 21, 2020

It's is very hard for me to accept that Avi is no more. I first met Avi at an electronics packaging and cooling convention in Boston in the year 2003. He was the main speaker at the conference. Many years after that he hired me as the lead thermal engineer for his ICECool program at DARPA/MTO. DARPA was the place I got to know this great man more closely. As a program manager and leader he built a cohesive and effective team. His total dedication to the DoD community and nation is exemplary. During his tenure at DARPA, we visited various labs and conferences together and I was amazed by his ability to engage and inspire engineers and managers. Teams all over the country respected Avi not only for his technical mastery but also for his empathetic leadership. He was a polymath, a philosopher and a non-stop thinker but never forgot his family. He loved to talk about his wife Anat, children and grandchildren often. Avi's sudden demise is a great loss for us all. May God bestow his blessings on this pure soul and give his family solace to cope with the grief. Amen.

Peng Wang

October 18, 2020

Professor Bar-Cohen was my PhD advisor at the University of Maryland. It has been my honor to know him for 16 years as a student, colleague, co-author, and good friend. He taught me, mentored me and made me what I am today. Professor Bar-Cohen had remained a wonderful mentor after I graduated. He was a true gentleman and brilliant scholar who always guided me through many difficult times and enjoyed the success I had made in my life and career. Avi, I miss you. Thank you for everything! Your words will live on in my heart for the rest of my life.

My deepest condolences to Professor Bar-Cohen’s family, friends and colleagues.

Jeannie Osborne

October 16, 2020

I assisted Avi at DARPA and to say he kept me on my toes, is an understatement. I learned so much during those four years and I cared because he cared. He was so passionate about his family and work. He spoke about Anat, his children and grandchildren often. He was so proud. He told me many times, being a DARPA PM was the greatest job in the world. I can picture him saying that with his great smile that would light up his face. Avi had more energy than almost anyone I’ve ever known. It would tire me just preparing his travel arrangements, and I wasn’t the one traveling. His drive was infectious and although I knew nothing about thermal technology, I found myself very interested because of his excitement. He taught me things about the Jewish faith that I’d never had the opportunity to learn elsewhere. He taught me so much. My deepest condolences to Anat, his family and friends. Avi was a wonderful man and I’m fortunate for having known him.

Wayne Krause

October 16, 2020

Dr. Bar-Cohen was very special to me. He was a mentor to me, as I did some consulting activities with him back in the 1980s. I also took a short course from him and he was a wonderful teacher. Very kind, pleasant and an expert in his area of research, etc. Indeed, very special!
Dr. Wayne Krause (Mech. Engr.), former Dean/Dept. Head - SD School of Mines and Technology

Fadi Ben Achour

October 15, 2020

With great sadness I learned of Dr. Avram Bar-Cohen passing. He was my Master’s degree advisor at the University of Minnesota about 22 years ago. From the first time we met in his office he has been a great teacher, mentor, engineer and most of all a very decent human being. He left us all a great legacy and he will be missed.
My deep condolences to his family, friends and students and may he rest in peace.
Fadi Ben Achour

Jason Milne

October 14, 2020

I had the pleasure of working directly with Avi up to his hospitalization in September and his unfortunate passing last week. We were deep in collaboration on several technology development efforts at Raytheon, and were in the process of publishing results of our work in several symposia presentations and papers (DARPA ERI, and others). I first met Avi through his ICE Cool Applications program where I was a humble performer, he was tough but fair and always demanded the best from us which made us rise to the occasion. He will be greatly missed by our team, and we extend our deepest condolences to his family and close friends. He will always be remembered as a champion and treasure to the technical and academic communities.

Michael Jensen

October 14, 2020

I've known Avi for many years. I was another of Art's students and, I believe, we shared a special bond as such. Avi was a brilliant, innovative engineer and, more importantly, a nice person, a gentleman in the best meaning of the word. Through ASME HTD, DARPA, and other activities, I got to know him well. In Grenoble (at the IHTC), we played hooky and went on a bike ride one afternoon, rather than go to a session; it was much fun and nice to get away. He had a great sense of who he was and what he wanted to do. His family and friends were always so important to him. He will be missed by many. I grieve for his family.

Joel Plawsky

October 14, 2020

I had worked for Avi as part of his IceCool Fundamentals program when he was at DARPA. Boy, did he give us a hard time. However, there was this little twinkle in his eye that said I know how hard the problem is and while I have faith in you, I also know just how hard to push you to get a solution. The heat transfer community lost a great champion and advocate. Avi challenged us to think in radically different ways, to question what was possible, and in the end, to transform his and our dreams into reality. He's left a fantastic legacy and he will be sorely missed.

Mehmet ARIK

October 13, 2020

Prof. Bar-Cohen as my PhD advisor, great mentor, role model and Abu-tech, I can not pay you back what you taught us. Your way of thinking and leadership is our way. Thank you for everything you gave to humanity and this world. We will follow your footsteps. May god bless you and we meet hereafter. Condolences to Anat and Bar-Cohen family and friends.

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