Awarded to an alumnus or alumna whose professional accomplishments and achievements are exceptionally noteworthy and distinctive in his/her profession.
This distinguished engineer - who holds more than a dozen patents in communications - demonstrated his abilities early by receiving his degree in electrical engineering with magna cum laude honors. A member of Kappa Delta Rho fraternity, Hap Halligan was active in mechanical drawing, physics, and chess.
After receiving his master's degree from Bucknell in the same department, he became a member of the university's faculty, remaining for two years before deciding on a career in industry.
So much did he accomplish in three decades in research and development with the Bell Laboratories and with Western Electric Company, he was invited, in 1958, to become president of the Mitre Corporation, a non-profit independent corporation sponsored by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mitre's mission was "to provide the best air defense missile system that is possible within the limits of available technology." Until his retirement in 1968, he directed the efforts of 1400 employees. Previously, he had made significant technical contributions to and supervised the installation of the DEW line and the SAGE Air Defense System.
Now a consulting engineer and trustee of the Mitre Corporation, he actively pursues his professional interests in research and development of new electronic processes.