Engineering Students Who Make Our World Better
Named in honour of our faculty’s founding professor, the William Muir Edwards Society is a community of distinguished Faculty of Engineering students who have gone above and beyond to make a real difference in our world. Members include the winners of the William Muir Edwards Citizenship Award, a prestigious award established in 2019 to recognize the extraordinary citizenship, leadership and volunteerism of undergraduate engineering students.
The Legacy of William Muir Edwards
One of the first four professors at the University of Alberta, William Muir Edwards was an engineer, athlete, husband and father who selflessly gave back to his community. He was instrumental to ending a typhoid outbreak in 1910 and in 1918, on his 39th birthday, he tragically died while caring for his fellow citizens, including our own students, who were struck by the Spanish Flu Epidemic.
In 2018, the City of Edmonton officially recognized November 14th as William Muir Edwards Day.
Learn more about the amazing legacy of William Muir Edwards.