In Honor of Dr. Adams

GIVING FORM for the J. Milton Adams Distinguished Fellowship in Biomedical Engineering


Dear Friends,


In 1971, when Milton Adams enrolled as a doctoral student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, the program was just four years old.

Now, 50 years after its creation, the department has 27 faculty, 300 undergraduates, 95 graduate students, and annual research expenditures of $12.5 million.

The contributions that Milton made over the years have been critical to this success. The J. Milton Adams Distinguished Fellowship in Biomedical Engineering is one way we can recognize these efforts.

Milton is an important reason that teaching is so highly prized in the department. As the thousands of students—both graduate and undergraduate—who have taken his physiology classes can attest, he is as engaging in the classroom as he is helpful and reassuring during office hours.

Over the years, Milton has won almost every award for teaching that the department, the Engineering School and the University have to offer. Two years ago, for visionary leadership over several decades, the University presented Milton with its highest honor, the Thomas Jefferson Award.

Throughout his career, as an educator, administrator, and researcher, Milton has focused on creating opportunities for students. Milton devoted a decade of his career to graduate education, before moving to office of the provost where he launched signature programs that have come to define the undergraduate experience, from the January Term to Jefferson Public Citizens. Most lately, he led the Cornerstone Plan, arguably the most effective and influential strategic planning exercise in the University’s history.

The J. Milton Adams Distinguished Fellowship in Biomedical Engineering will support a BME graduate student's education and fund his or her undergraduate research partner's project, similar to the Double Hoo Award.  What a fitting tribute to Milton!

You were a part of our first 50 years. You can be part of our second by contributing to the J. Milton Adams Distinguished Fellowship and celebrating Milton’s career at our 50th Anniversary Celebration on November 2-3, 2017. See for yourself why this BME department is one of the most dynamic in the nation.


Fred Epstein, PhD

Mac Wade Professor and Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia