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July 15, 1988 - Image 42

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-07-15

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NAME: Evgeny I. Rivin
AGE: 56
OCCUPATION: Professor in the
Department of Mechanical Engineering
at Wayne State University.
RESIDENCE: Lathrup Village
FAMILY: Married to Irina, owner of
Irina, a boutique in Birmingham. One
son Igor, who received a Ph.D. degree
from Princeton in mathematics and is a
Stanford research professor at the
artificial intelligence laboratory.
Daughter Natasha is entering high
school in the fall. Mother, Freida Rivin
resides in Southfield.
EDUCATION: Mechanical Engineer's
Diploma frm the Moscow Machine Tool
Institute and a Doctor of Science degree
from the State Attestation Board of the
USSR.
ORGANIZATIONS: American Society of
Mechanical Engineers. Society of
Manufacturing Engineers. Institute for
Noise Control Engineering.
FAVORITE BOOK: "I have several.
"Twelve Chairs" and the sequel,
"Golden Calf" by Ilf and Petrov. "The
Summing Up" by W. Somerset
Maugham. "For Whom the Bell
by Ernest Hemingway.
HOBBIES: "I'm a casual person. I enjoy
conversing with friends and walking. I
have a lot fun in my work."
LATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Publishing
the book, "Mechanical Design of
Robots" (McGraw Hill Inc.). This is the
first book to deal exclusively with the
mechanical design of robots and is a
textbook for manufacturers and
designers of robots. The recent

appointment as director of machine tool
research laboratory at Wayne State
University and giving many
international presentations this year.

PHILOSOPHY: "I like this life. Lthink
I'm blessed with living two full lives.
(He encountered many good and bad
things in Russia and in the United
States.) I enjoy my family, my work and
just being around to meet new people!'
BACKGROUND: Eugene Rivin was born
and raised in Moscow, which is very
rare for a Jew in his age group. Rivin
explains that only a small percentage of
Jews were allowed to live in Moscow.
Since he is a descendant of an army
cantonist from the mid-1880s, his family
was given this privilege. His
grandparents and mother were also
born and raised in Moscow.
His father was a civil engineer while
his mother, Freida, was an English
teacher. His mother was a talented
student at the Moscow Conservatory of
Music, but was expelled from studies
when Stalin came to power. She
immigrated to the United States 'at age
79 and now lives in Southfield.
Rivin, an only child, recalls growing
up very hungry and very cold during
World War II in Russia. He was
graduated from high school in 1949,
with prizes in mathematics. He wanted
to enter Moscow University, but was
rejected due to the anti-Semitism at
that time.
He then attended the Moscow
Machine Tool Institute and was
graduated with a degree in mechanical
engineering. For almost three years he
worked in a manufacturing plant and
was invited to study for a Ph.D. degree
program by the government.
He developed a system for the
installation of machinery which was
patented and used worldwide. "It's a
special mounting pad for machines with
unique properties. When you look at it,
it looks like a chunk of rubber but it is
much more sophisiticated than this:'
The Russian Ministry of Foreign Trade
realized the patent should be marketed,
but then Rivin wasn't allowed to leave
the country.
Since his patents brought tremendous
profits (about $250-$400 million yearly)
he had a civil lawsuit to receive more
compensation. When the judge did not
rule in his favor, Rivin heard it was
because one person felt he would take
the money and move to Israel. He
decided to leave Russia because of that
incident and knowing that his son
would probably not be able to attend
Moscow University.
He then decided to apply for a visa.
"When you apply it is like playing
Russian roulette — you don't know

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