Alan's extraordinary combination of world-class scientific, engineering, technical, organizational and management capabilities; his modesty and unselfishness; his honesty and integrity, and his personal leadership qualities have inspired two generations of MIT employees to develop excellence in their attitudes, their accomplishments, and their individual and collaborative work.
Over the years, Haystack Observatory has survived many course-corrections requiring changes in its mission, its management, its ownership, and its sources of financial support. Haystack has not only survived these crises and changes, it is greater now than ever before and Alan has been the one managing and leading the Observatory through all of these difficult times. While others have come and gone, Alan has been resolute and steadfast.
For your mentorship and leadership at Haystack and for your many years of dedication to MIT, we proudly present you with this MIT Excellence Award.