Zia-ur (Zia) Rahman, a former member of the Department of Computer Science, was killed December 16 in a single-car accident when his car ran off an icy road and struck a guard rail on Interstate 81.
From 1996-2002, Zia was a research associate in the department where he worked with Professor Steve Park and his students on information adaptive compression and enhancement. Zia also served as an instructor for the department. In 2002 he moved to the Department of Applied Science at the College of William & Mary before accepting in 2006 a position as Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Old Dominion University. In 2010 Zia started a position as a research scientist with NASA Langley Research Center.
Zia's obituary in The Virginia Gazette can be found on-line here.