- Academy Member Profiles
Year Inducted / Awarded: 2011
Member Award: Academy of Distinguished Engineers
Hadi Bozorgmanesh is Director of Engineering and Physical Sciences for the UConn R&D Corporation. Before joining UConn, he was the Senior Vice President for corporate development of Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), La Jolla, CA. He is regarded as an authority on high-tech defense and energy technologies. As a co-inventor of thermal neutron activation technology for use in air transport, he was honored with induction into Aviation Week & Space Technology’s Laureate Hall of Fame (1989). Thermal neutron analysis and related nuclear based devices were commercially developed by SAIC and are used in airports and other high-traffic transit centers for bomb and contraband detection. During his long career with SAIC, he served as Operation Manager at the San Francisco unit; Corporate and Senior Vice President for Corporate Development at SAIC in La Jolla; President and Managing Director of SAIE France; and Chairman of SAIC Europe Ltd. and SAIC Ltd. Dr. Bozorgmanesh led SAIC’s development of a $300 million/year subsidiary, SAIC Europe. He also secured the contract for, and oversaw design of, a bomb-detection system to screen cargo and freight trains traveling through the Eurotunnel. He received a B.A. from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UConn (’70), and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees (’77) in nuclear science and engineering at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor.