Missouri S&T grad student found dead

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On January 15, 2015

Malaka Thilakaratne, 33, a Ph.D. student in applied mathematics at Missouri University of Science and Technology, was found dead at an off-campus residence Wednesday, Jan. 14.

Thilakaratne, who earned a master of science degree in applied mathematics from Missouri S&T in 2012, was from Kandy, Sri Lanka.

The Rolla Police Department responded to the scene and is investigating the death. No foul play is suspected.

Members of the Missouri S&T student affairs staff and the counseling, disability support and student wellness are available for counseling and support. To arrange for counseling, students may email counsel@mst.edu or call 573-341-4211.

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2 thoughts on “Missouri S&T grad student found dead”

  • Katrina says:

    Did anyone ever find out why? He was a good friend and excellent mentor.

  • Andrew Careaga says:

    Katrina – The Rolla Police Department is conducting the investigation and would be the organization to provide any further information on this very unfortunate matter.


    Andrew Careaga
    Executive director, Missouri S&T marketing and communications