Hal Behl

He grew up in Long Beach, New York, and has a Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering degree from the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aeronautics of New York University. He did graduate and specialized study at UCLA, Ohio State, and UNM.

Was a partner in a Graphic Arts company in New York City for about 10 years. Presently retired from a career as an independent consultant with over 40 years of experience in Aerospace and Weapon System technology activities ranging from concept definition, design, analysis, test, contract and program management, through integration and operation of major weapon and space systems. Clients included the Strategic Defense Initiative Office (SDIO) and the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL).

Managed successful, cost effective, major program activities for several commercial companies - RCA, McDonnell Douglas, Western Union.

During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army, mainly as an engineer at the Oak Ridge Tennessee facility of the Manhattan (Atomic Bomb) Project.

He is an Associate Fellow and Lifetime Member Emeritus of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and has served on the Institute's national technical committees on Solid Propellant Rockets, Launch Vehicles and Missiles, Terrestrial Energy, and Systems Effectiveness and Safety. He is a Fellow of the Institute for the Advancement of Engineering and was the organizer and General Chairman of the AIAA/USAF/NASA Conference on Launch Operations held at Cocoa Beach.

At the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, he is a Foundation Charter Member, long term Trustee (now Emeritus), Chief Scrounger, and was Chair of the Capital Campaign Committee. He is a past President of UNM's Maxwell Museum of Anthropology Association, and a long term Board member, as well as a Board member of the New Mexico Academy of Science, the Cavalcade of Wings, an Aviation historical organization and a founding board member of Adventures in Anthropology, a philanthropic organization devoted to children's education.  He was recently elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the world class Albuquerque Museum of Art and History. He had been very happily married since 1944 to Reggie Behlan artist and teacher who passed away in March 2011, has three married sons, four grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and many granddogs and grandcats. He and Reggie had lived in sixteen homes, all over the country, since they were married and visited over 90 countries, and all of the continents !