Awarded to an alumnus or alumna whose professional accomplishments and achievements are exceptionally noteworthy and distinctive in his/her profession.

Educator, engineer, scholar, author, and consultant - Bill McGuire earned a degree in civil engineering at Bucknell, magna cum laude.

After graduation, he served four years with the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific Fleet. Following the war, he enrolled at Cornell University where he received a master's in civil engineering in 1947.

In 1949, he joined the faculty of Cornell, where he is currently professor of civil engineering with the Department of Structural Engineering. He also is the past director of the School of Civil Engineering, and a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He is an active member in Sigma Xi, Chi Epsilon, the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, and the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering.

Professor McGuire is an internationally acclaimed scholar in civil engineering, and is one of the foremost authorities in the discipline of structural engineering. He is the author of Steel Structures, widely considered to be the most authoritative treatise on the subject. Additionally, he is the author and co-author of more than 40 technical and professional papers and texts and has contributed to numerous monographs and handbooks.

In 1962, he received the Norman Medal of the American Society of Civil Engineers for his paper on nuclear power plant containment, and in 1982 he received a special citation award from the American Institute of Steel Construction for his many contributions to the profession. He has been a research engineer, lecturer, and visiting professor with the National Bureau of Standards, the University of Tokyo, the University of Canterbury, the University of Western Australia, and the Asian Institute of Technology, and he has presented numerous invited papers at major international conferences worldwide.

In 1979, he received the Professor of the Year Award from the Cornell University Chapter of Chi Epsilon in honor of the profound impact he has had on his students.