Hyman named professor emeritus

Dr. William Hyman, professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, has been granted emeritus status after 39 years of service to the department and to Texas A&M University. Photo of Dr. William Hyman

Hyman began his academic career at Texas A&M in 1972, the same year the Biomedical Engineering Program began, and thus has taught every student in Texas A&M’s biomedical engineering program.

Hyman is recognized internationally as an expert in the regulatory and clinical engineering areas. He has been invited to teach external short courses in the regulatory area at national meetings to engineers in the medical device industry and to host clinical engineering seminars in China. Hyman has received an American College of Clinical Engineers (ACCE) Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in this area.

Hyman has developed several graduate and undergraduate courses over the years spanning such topics as biomechanics, biomaterials, regulatory, and technical elective courses.

Dr. Gerard Coté, department head, said, “Dr. Hyman’s teaching record speaks for itself as he consistently received outstanding student reviews, very complimentary senior exit interview comments, and exceptional comments from former students and employers over the years as to both his teaching style and the usefulness of the material taught.”

Hyman has been recognized with several teaching and service awards throughout his career, and in 2010, former students and colleagues honored him through an endowed scholarship fund that will provide much needed support for students majoring in biomedical engineering at Texas A&M.

Beyond the classroom and national expertise in regulatory and clinical areas, Hyman has also served the department in crucial administrative roles. For decades, he managed the Master of Engineering Program while supervising each student and ensuring every one of them was appropriately placed in an internship. He also took on the challenge of serving as interim department head when the Biomedical Engineering Program transitioned into a department in 2002.