Kilvin is the Master Artificer at the University and, as such, in charge of all studies regarding artificery and sygaldry. Kilvin is Cealdish and described as a huge bear of a man, with a flushed face and a thick black beard.
It is Kilvin who personally requests that Kvothe study artificery. He regularly encourages Kvothe to push himself in his artificery projects.
His pet project as an artificer is the attempt to build an ever-burning lamp.