MIT Student Falls to Her Death from Cliff in India

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A graduate student enrolled at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was found dead on Saturday in India after she first went missing last week.

Kaitlin R. Goldstein “slipped while running on loose rock, sliding several hundred feet off a cliff,’’ Goldstein’s parents said.

Goldstein’s body was reportedly located in a ravine beneath the area where she was out jogging. She was taking part in an MIT-related workshop on energy and development near Leh, India, which ended on June 14, the day she went missing.

MIT’s President L. Rafael Reif notified the “MIT community’’ via e-mail to express his condolences:

As Kate’s family and friends bear this sorrow, we offer them the sympathy and support of the MIT community. The death of someone so young and promising is a terrible loss; we should all take time to reach out to those around us.


The fourth year graduate student in the architecture program described herself on her MIT web page as being “most gratified by the process of bringing together people of diverse backgrounds and skill-sets fostering truly interdisciplinary and integrated design.’’

Goldstein, a Rhode Island native, got her undergraduate degree in Engineering from Brown University in 2008 and masters degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Texas in 2009 before coming to Cambridge to work toward a doctorate.