Graduate Student Dies After Fall From E19 Roof

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This map shows the location of the parking lot east of MIT Building E19 where Han D. Nguyen G was found. Nguyen fell from the roof late-morning Tuesday. E19 is at the corner of Main St. and Ames St.
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Emergency personnel, including MIT Police Captain Albert F. Pierce Jr. (center, facing right), investigate the death of Han D. Nguyen G, who was found in the parking lot on the east side of Building E19 on Tuesday, June 2. A tarp wall was constructed to shield the location where Nguyen fell (behind tarp to left).
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Han D. Nguyen G was found Tuesday morning in the parking lot of Building E19, apparently having jumped from the roof of the building. Nguyen, age 25, was a third-year PhD student in marketing at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

“We deeply mourn the loss of this member of our community, and our hearts go out to his friends and family,” said Vice Chancellor and Dean for Graduate Education Steven R. Lerman.

MIT President Susan J. Hockfield called Nguyen’s death “an unspeakable tragedy.”

Nguyen and his family lived in Bellevue, Wash., and he graduated from Stanford University in 2006 with a bachelors in Economics and a masters in Psychology.

Nguyen worked in the MIT laboratory of Professor Drazen Prelec. He has TA’d several classes including 15.301, the popular Managerial Psychology Laboratory, and as well as 15.846, Branding, this past term.

Marketing PhD students typically complete the program in around six years.

Tuesday morning, the MIT police received a call around 11:05 a.m. from MIT Facilities about a medical emergency in the E19 parking lot, which is located at the corner of Main St. and Ames St.

An ambulance arrived and medical personnel pronounced Nguyen dead at 11:09 a.m.

The medical examiner has ruled that Nguyen’s death was not a homicide.

MIT officials released Nguyen’s name late Tuesday, after contacting his immediate family.

Nick Semenkovich and Shreyes Seshasai contributed reporting.