Guilford Wins ASEE's Theo C. Pilkington Award

The Biomedical Engineering Division of the American Society for Engineering Education has awarded University of Virginia School of Engineering faculty member William H. Guilford the Theo C. Pilkington Outstanding Educator Award. The purpose of the award is to recognize significant contributions to biomedical engineering education throughout the recipient’s career.

Guilford is an associate professor in the UVA Department of Biomedical Engineering and Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education in the UVA School of Engineering. He is a past recipient of several major teaching awards at UVA, including the Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Award, the University’s top award for teaching.

Recently, Guilford was elected a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering for outstanding contributions to the discipline of engineering education, including advancements in the assessment and founding of novel educational programs.

Guilford’s research into student learning yields influential journal articles on didactic techniques and conference papers on the scholarship of learning. At the ASEE Annual Conference, in both the Biomedical Engineering Division and the First-year Programs Division, Guilford's peers have singled him out five times in the last seven years for presenting the conference's Best Paper (3 awards), Best Presentation or Best Poster.

Guilford helped to conceive and launch the biomedical engineering major at UVA and served as BME Undergraduate Program Director from 2006-2018. He led the program through a significant growth phase and three ABET accreditation site visits.

In 2010, Guilford brought the Beckman Scholars Program to UVA. The program is UVA’s largest scholarship for undergraduate research and has been renewed three times. He founded BME Clinical Scholars, a National Institutes of Health-funded clinical immersion program for BME students.

Guilford now serves as the chief academic dean for undergraduates in UVA Engineering, where he works to better education for all engineering students.

Will Guilford, UVA Engineering assistant dean of undergraduate education

Will Guilford, UVA Engineering's assistant dean of undergraduate education and professor of biomedical engineering, leads a practice Zoom session for his students just before the start of online instruction in March 2020. Photo from UVA President Jim Ryan's video courtesy of UVA Communications.

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