Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan


AOSS mourns the loss of an extraordinary teacher and mentor

Posted: January 11, 2013

AOSS mourns the loss of an extraordinary teacher and mentor

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jason Daida, AOSS associate research scientist and lecturer at the University, who died Wednesday night after a battle with cancer. He was 53.

Daida was an instructor for Engineering 100 and 101 courses, and was also a frequent visiting faculty member at the University’s Shanghai Jiao Tong University joint institute in China, where he also taught first-year engineering courses.

He is survived by his wife, Sandy, and his three children.

Read Jason's obituary in the RecordUpdate.

There's also a wonderful article about Jason in the Michigan Daily, with comments following by former students remembering the positive impact Jason had on their lives. 

Memorial Services

COE/AOSS' memorial service for Jason will be held this Friday, January 18, 2013, at Tishman Hall in the Bob and Betty Beyster Building, on UM's campus, from 5pm-7pm.  AOSS and the College is asking anyone who would like to share stories/notes/etc., of Jason to please send an e-mail to so speakers for the memorial service can be coordinated.

They will also have a "Memorial Tree" setup in the Student Affairs Office, 143 Chrysler Center Building, from today, 1/15/13 till Friday, 1/18/13 for anyone to go by and sign before the memorial on Friday.  It will also be available at the memorial for signing.

Jason's family will hold a memorial service for Jason the morning of Saturday, January 19, 2013, at Huron Hills Church at 3150 Glazier Way, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. The family will have a time of gathering at 9:30 a.m. until the service begins at 10:30.

Memorial Contribution

For those who would like to give a memorial contribution, the family states that Jason would have been pleased with gifts to either one of the following organizations:

Huron Hills Church
3150 Glazier Way
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Hawaiian Island Ministries
P.O. Box 777
Honolulu, HI 96808
or online: (under “Company Name” please note Jason Daida)

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