I've known Abhijit since he first came to Duke. We have worked together as members of the computational mechanics lab. During a portion of last summer, Abhijit and I were the only lab members here working. I fondly remember times when I was most frustrated with my work and I would take breaks to talk to him. Abhijit would laugh at something I had said and his laugh was so contagious. Just to hear him laugh so genuinely, because of something I had said, would always lift my spirit and make me laugh. I never once left a conversation with Abhijit without a smile on my face. He brightened my life and the lives of many others. The world is a darker place without Abhijit.