William 'Bill' Hyman, Dedicated Educator, Dies


Posted September 24, 2019

William A. “Bill” Hyman, a dedicated educator, pioneering clinical engineer and prolific writer, has passed away.

Hyman devoted more than four decades to teaching, serving as an emeritus professor in the department of biomedical engineering at Texas A&M University and an adjunct professor of biomedical engineering at his alma mater, The Cooper Union in New York.

“Bill made a significant impact on healthcare at-large as well as our clinical engineering profession. He will be missed,” said Carol Davis-Smith, a member of the AAMI Board of Directors, and principal of Carol Davis-Smith & Associates, and director of the clinical engineering program at the University of Connecticut.

He was also a treasured author and member at AAMI, where he wrote more than 40 posts on the AAMIBlog alone.

“From unique device identifiers to human factors, he was always enthusiastic about tackling complex topics and asking the kinds of tough questions that cut to the core of any issue,” said Gavin Stern, director of communications at AAMI. “We’ll miss Bill’s voice tremendously.”

Hyman received many awards and honors for his work, including the 2009 and 2010 teaching excellence award at Texas A&M University, the 2009 ACCE Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2005 ASTM Meritorious Service Award, the 2005 Charles C. Crawford Service Award from Texas A&M University College of Engineering, and was named a Fellow by the Biomedical Engineering Society.

In 2010, Hyman’s former Texas A&M students paid tribute to his lifetime achievements as both a teacher and biomedical engineer by creating the Dr. William Hyman Scholarship Fund, which provides financial support to outstanding students.

Hyman received an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from The Cooper Union and completed a M.S. and Sc.D. in engineering mechanics at Columbia University in New York. His research focused on system safety in medical device design, human factors, rehabilitation engineering, clinical engineering, and biomechanics.