The Hutchison award is the most distinguished award our department gives to students. It is named after one of our department’s notable alumni, Miller Reese Hutchison. Hutchison was an electrical engineer who held the patent for the first electrical hearing aid. He attended the College from 1891-1892, and is also credited with developing the first vehicle horn. He was the chief engineer for Thomas Edison from 1912 to 1918, and also served as one of Edison’s aides as the inventor suffered from increasing deafness near the end of his life. Hutchison received an honorary Ph.D from Spring Hill in 1914.