William Muir Edwards Society

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.

Celebration of Citizenship

The William Muir Edwards Citizenship Awards culminate in a special evening to recognize the exceptional contributions of the award recipients. It's an opportunity for our engineering community to come together in celebration of our values and the young people in our faculty who bring these values to life through their diverse contributions.

2019 Celebration of Citizenship:

  • Tuesday, June 4, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Fred Pheasey Engineering Commons, 8th floor Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering
  • University of Alberta, North Campus

Due to limited capacity, this event is by invitation only.

If you are interested in learning more about the Celebration of Citizenship or have questions about attending, please contact us at 780-248-1673.

Meet our 2019 Inductees