With heavy hearts, we announce the sudden passing of Valeriy Shmukler on Thursday, November 2nd, 2023, at the age of 77.
Valeriy leaves behind a legacy of love and dedication. For 55 years, he was the cherished husband of Inna Shmukler. Their enduring bond was a testament to the power of love and commitment. He is also survived by his devoted son Igor and daughter-in-law Tanya, as well as his adored grandchildren, Anastasia and Samuel, and his great-granddaughter, Alana.
Born in Krasnoyarsk, Soviet Union, Valeriy's journey led him to Ukraine at the age of three, where he laid the foundation for a life dedicated to the construction industry, higher education, and scientific advancement. In 2022, he embarked on a new chapter in the United States.
A luminary in the field, Valeriy held the titles of Doctor of Science and Professor, and he presided over the Department of Building Structures at Beketov’s National University of Urban Economy (KhNUMG). Alongside his colleagues, he mentored generations of accomplished specialists. His expertise spanned the spectrum of construction, from the theory of structural systems to cutting-edge technologies for stress analysis and design. Valeriy's innovations, including "Ikar," "Dobol," "Monophant," "StIsk," and "PIK," have left an indelible mark on the industry. He authored over 200 scientific publications, held 60+ patents, and penned 7 seminal monographs.
Valeriy's tireless contributions earned him numerous accolades, including two State Prizes of Ukraine, the Excellence in Education of Ukraine award, and recognition as an Honorable Worker of Science and Technology of Ukraine. He was also celebrated as an Honorable Citizen of Kharkiv, a city that held a special place in his heart. Valeriy's dream was to play a pivotal role in the reconstruction of Ukraine and the revitalization of his beloved Kharkiv, post-war.
A private funeral service in honor of Valeriy will take place on November 9th, 2023 from 10AM - 12PM. His memory will forever shine as a beacon of inspiration and achievement for all who were privileged to know him.