Update: Jan. 12, 2017

Funeral arrangements have been made for Cory Papenfuss. Visitation and the funeral service will take will take place on Monday, Jan. 16. Visitation begins at 10 a.m. A funeral service is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Both the visitation and funeral service will take place at St. John's Lutheran Church in Nodine, Minnesota.

More information can be found at the Heritage Funeral Home website.

Original post: Jan. 16, 2017

The Waukesha County Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed that Cory Papenfuss, a research associate in the Vibrations and Acoustics Laboratories in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has died as a result of injuries sustained in a plane crash Jan. 4 in Brookfield, Wisconsin. He was 41 years old.

“The Virginia Tech community is deeply saddened by the news of Cory’s death,” said Don Taylor, interim dean in the College of Engineering. “Cory was a highly regarded and deeply respected colleague who did important work on noise and vibration control. We extend our sincerest condolences and support to his family and to those close to him.”

An employee at Virginia Tech since 2006, Papenfuss’ work in the vibrations and acoustics lab was based on passive and active noise and vibration control applications that included commercial aircraft, military diesel generators, and prenatal hospital incubators. In addition to noise control applications, Papenfuss worked on a variety of custom analog and digital electronics in his research.

Papenfuss completed his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech in 2006.

Virginia Tech has been in touch with his family to offer support and assistance. As additional information is available, it will be shared through Virginia Tech News.

Those in the university community who may wish assistance or desire counseling support may contact:

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