July 8, 2016 – UCLA School of Law mourns the passing of Ren Mao, Director of Application Development, who died July 4, 2016 of cancer. He was 37 years old.
Ren joined UCLA School of Law in December of 2010. His contributions to the law school and its community were many, and positively impacted nearly every faculty member, staff and student. He was a driving force behind many IT initiatives during his six years at the law school, and was influential in the success of numerous major projects including the development of the MyLaw Learning Management System, an online Curriculum Guide and Student Counseling Tool, and more. He also contributed to making innumerable improvements and upgrades to the admissions systems, as well as many other sophisticated data-driven business applications.
Ren was kind, hardworking and intelligent; often able to solve puzzles that had seemed to others insurmountable. A master of his craft, Ren possessed an ability to understand finely nuanced details and would consistently deliver solutions that conformed to what was needed.
Ren began working at UCLA in the Financial Aid Office in 1997 while still an undergraduate and later transitioned to work in UCLA’s Career Center. He graduated from UCLA in 2001 with a B.S. Degree in Computer Science and Engineering.
He is survived by his parents and a sister. A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 9, at 1:30 p.m. at the Universal Chung Wah Funeral Chapel, 225 N. Garfield Avenue, Alhambra, CA 91801.