Established in 1981 by Margaret Whiting in honor of Willard and Lillian Hackerman

WILLARD HACKERMAN, Engr 1938, and his wife, LILLIAN PATZ HACKERMAN, are both prominent in Baltimore and Maryland civic life. Mr. Hackerman served for years as a university trustee, then trustee emeritus. He joined the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company after graduating from Hopkins and considers G.W.C. Whiting to have been his mentor. For over 50 years, Mr. Hackerman has served as president and chief executive officer of Whiting-Turner, overseeing the construction of many distinctive buildings throughout the country. He chaired the committee that established the Whiting School in 1979. In 1990, he received an honorary degree from Hopkins. The Hackermans have contributed to the creation of Hackerman-Patz House, a residence for oncology patients, and to the new cancer clinical and research buildings. In 2005, Mr. Hackerman established the Hackerman Polytechnic Scholarships, which provide full tuition for graduates of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute who have been admitted to the Whiting School as undergraduates.

In 2010, the Computational Science and Engineering building--which opened on the Decker Quad in 2008 as a headquarters for advanced interdisciplinary research crossing the borders of engineering, computer science, mathematics, and medicine--was rededicated as Hackerman Hall to recognize Mr. Hackerman's philanthropic support of the university.


Image Credit: Lightner Photography MARGARET WHITING was a generous supporter of the G.W.C. Whiting School of Engineering, which was named in memory of her husband in 1979. George William Carlyle Whiting, who died in 1974, co-founded the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company. The firm has constructed some of Baltimore's most spectacular landmarks, including Baltimore's Harborplace, the National Aquarium and Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.


ROBERT A. DALRYMPLE, the Willard and Lillian Hackerman Professor of Civil Engineering, came to Hopkins as a visiting professor in 1999 and became a full professor in 2002. Former chairman of the Department of Civil Engineering, Dr. Dalrymple’s research focuses on coastal engineering, fluid mechanics, littoral processes, tidal inlets, and wave mechanics including tsunamis. He serves on the editorial board of Coastal Engineering and is a founding member and president of the Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He is also a member of the Marine Board of the National Academies.