Texas A&M biomedical engineering scholarship honors Hyman

A new scholarship at Texas A&M University honors a longtime champion of its biomedical engineering program.The Dr. William Hyman Scholarship in Biomedical Engineering was announced at a tribute dinner organized by former students and also attended by the professor's family and friends.William A. Hyman"Dr. Hyman has taught every student in the program since its inception in the 1970s, and his local reputation in the undergraduate classroom is not only reflected in the consistently high teaching evaluations and teaching awards he has received but also in the current and former student comments reflecting the quality of the material taught, his engaging lectures and his availability outside the classroom," said Gerard Coté, biomedical engineering department head and holder of the Charles H. and Bettye Barclay Professorship.Lead gifts came from three of Hyman's former students: Dennis Grounds, Class of 1973; Alan Brewer, Class of 1977; and Mike McGee, Class of 1978.  Other students and colleagues continue to make contributions to the endowment, funded through the Texas A&M Foundation with an initial goal of $25,000."I was truly honored that Dennis, Alan and Mike put both the scholarship and the dinner together, and that so many former students attended and contributed. It is humbling to be recognized both as an effective teacher and as a positive influence on people's lives," Hyman said.Following almost 40 years of teaching and touching lives at Texas A&M, he plans to retire from the university in 2011-leaving a legacy for the department that he guided and watched grow from the beginning.Hyman came to campus as an assistant professor in 1972 to help launch the fledgling program. After successfully guiding the program through recognition by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, he twice served as biomedical engineering program chair from 1978-1989 and 1996-2002. The program became a department in 2002, and he served as interim department head until 2005.He developed and taught several graduate and undergraduate courses within the department, including biomechanics, biomaterials, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations and other technical elective courses.Recognized nationally and internationally in the areas of medical device safety, regulatory and clinical engineering, Hyman received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009 from the American College of Clinical Engineering. He teaches FDA short courses, serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Clinical Engineering, publishes regularly and is a member of several professional societies.He is a 2010 winner of Texas A&M's student-led SLATE teaching award. He also received the Charles W. Crawford Service Award and the BP Teaching Excellence Award from the university's Dwight Look College of Engineering.Hyman earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from The Cooper Union in 1966 and a master's and doctorate in engineering mechanics from Columbia University in 1966 and 1970, respectively."Dr. Hyman has influenced and touched the lives of so many A&M students. This scholarship is a meaningful tribute to his work and will help students in biomedical engineering for years to come," said Brady Bullard, director of development for engineering with the Texas A&M Foundation.