The Passing of Matt Ward


The WPI Computer Science Department is very sad to announce that Matthew O. Ward, Professor of Computer Science, died yesterday at the age of 59 after a battle with cancer. It is a great loss to his family, WPI, the CS department, and the Visualization research community.

Matt was a teacher, researcher, WPI Alum ('77), writer, family man, music lover, ragtime guitarist, woodworker, bee keeper, hot pepper lover, Trekkie, colleague, and friend: and probably many other things!

WPI's official "In Memoriam" at provides many details of his life and work.

Professor Klaus Mueller, Chair of the IEEE CS Technical Committee on Visualization and Computer Graphics, wrote:

WPI's President, Laurie A. Leshin, wrote in her email to the WPI community:

Details about services will be shared when they are available.