College of Engineering Mourns Loss of Graduate Student Anna Zhidkova

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The University of Kentucky College of Engineering is mourning the loss of civil engineering graduate student Anna Zhidkova who died October 14 after a sudden illness. Anna, 26, had received her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering this past May through the WKU-UK Engineering program.

“Anna was a wonderful student and an incredible person.  She was one of the brightest and most hard working students I have ever known in my thirty years at UK.  She was a constant source of inspiration.  She will be greatly missed,” said civil engineering professor Lindell Ormsbee.

Fellow professor Scott Yost shared these words at Anna’s funeral: “She wanted to learn about everything.  At WKU she wanted to fulfill a math minor, be certified in watershed management, become a GIS expert, all the while finishing the required program and preparing herself for future studies.  She so loved what she was doing that she worked tirelessly.”

To read Anna’s obituary, visit

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