William Murphy, Department of Mechanical Engineering: Dean’s Award for Excellence in Service
William Murphy’s lengthy service record includes a wide range of high-impact activities that have directly benefitted UK students and faculty and the engineering profession.
In 1998, Murphy was named program director of the UK College of Engineering Extended Campus Program in Paducah. Despite stepping down in 2012, Murphy remains an active contributor to the program as a faculty member and is considered the “face of UK” in Paducah.
Murphy is a Fellow of ASHRAE (formerly called the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) and he recently received their Exceptional Service Award. He also serves on the national board of directors for the International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR) and the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) board of directors and global council. In addition to his national memberships, Murphy is a member of several university committees and is also an advisor for some of the Paducah campus’s student organizations. He frequently promotes STEM education among middle and high school students and is the director of the Paducah Area Middle School Science Fair.
In 2012, Murphy was named the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year and the West Kentucky Community & Technical College Outstanding Benefactor.