William P. Delaney elected to the National Academy of Engineering

William P. DelaneyWilliam P. Delaney, Director's Office Fellow at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). The NAE is an independent, nonprofit institution established in 1964 to promote the engineering profession and to provide objective, expert advice to the federal government on issues related to engineering and technology.

The NAE members and foreign associates are among the most accomplished engineers in the world. Members are elected on the basis of their contributions to research, engineering practices, and education, and for their leadership in pioneering technologies, "making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education." Delaney was honored with membership in the NAE for his "contributions to radar systems for national defense."

Delaney was an assistant director of Lincoln Laboratory from June 1987 to July 1995. During his career at Lincoln Laboratory, he held management positions in missile defense, air defense, air traffic control, and battlefield surveillance, all involving radar systems. Prior to his directorship, he served in prominent leadership roles: head of the Surveillance and Control Division, associate head of that division, and associate head of the Radar Measurements Division. From 1973 to 1976, on assignment to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, he had responsibilities for research and development in strategic defense systems. At Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands, he led the ARPA-Lincoln C-band Observables Radar (ALCOR) project. In 1970, ALCOR was the first long-range radar system to generate, amplify, radiate, and process a very wide band signal. Today it is an important national asset, contributing valuable data for ballistic missile defense research and for satellite imaging.

Delaney has served on many government committees, including the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and the Defense Science Board. He holds a BEE degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an SMEE degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Posted March 2012

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