|Title:||Class of 1992|
Edward Milde put Worcester Polytechnic Institute athletics on the map by tying the world indoor record in the 50-yard dash in 1928.
Breaking 36-year-old records in the 100-yard dash and the 220-yard dash, events in which he was Eastern Intercollegiate Champion during his freshman, junior, and senior years, earned him the nickname "Tech's Fastest Human." He was New England 220-yard champion (22.4) in 1930. Incredibly, in four years he lost just four races, two by forfeit due to injury. And it was an injury that ultimately kept him out of the Olympic qualifying finals.
When he wasn't giving his all on the track, he volunteered his time and energy to the community and the Institute. A former president of the Athletic Association, he was twice student president of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers and vice-president of his class. A member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity, Sigma Xi, the scientific research society, he also received the prestigious Skull Award, giving annually to the freshman who did the most for the Insitute.
His involvement with WPI continued after he received his undergraduate degree. As a graduate student, he was an instructor in physics and assistant head of the Physics Department.
It is with great pleasure that we honor Edward Milde for his outstanding accomplishments as a student-athlete by inducting him into the WPI Athletic Hall of Fame.