Separately, the head of engineering science and the mechanics department at the college, Professor Ishwar Puri, confirmed to the Associated Press that Professor Liviu Librescu and Professor Kevin Granata were among the dead.
Prof Librescu, an Israeli, was born in Romania and was known internationally for his research in aeronautical engineering.
Prof Granata and his students researched muscle and reflex response and robotics. Prof Puri called him one of the top five biomechanics researchers in the country working on movement dynamics in cerebral palsy.
Fox News is reporting that Professor Librescu, a Holocaust survivor (whose photo Kathryn posted below), barricaded the classroom door with his body while his students escaped through the windows. (More on Phi Beta Cons.)