Lawrence G. Haggerty Faculty Award for Research Excellence

About the Award

The Lawrence G. Haggerty Faculty Award for Research Excellence recognizes scholarly distinction at Marquette University. The award is Marquette's highest honor for research and scholarship.

In 1998, Haggerty Enterprises, Inc., announced the endowed award, established to honor Lawrence Haggerty. Throughout his career and until his death in 1994, Lawrence Haggerty generously supported Marquette through various initiatives, including his sponsorship of the Reverend John P. Raynor, S.J., Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence. Thus, it is a fitting tribute that the Lawrence G. Haggerty Faculty Award for Excellence in Research complements, in the name of scholarship, Lawrence Haggerty’s all-encompassing belief in excellence. For more information on the history of the award, visit the University Honors page.

Current Recipient

Picture of 2017 Haggerty Award winner, Dr. John Borg.

Dr. John Borg, professor of mechanical engineering, is best known for his research on the physics of one of baseball's most unique pitches — the knuckleball. His work has been featured on 60 Minutes Sports and the Discovery Channel and in Popular Mechanics.

But Borg, the recipient of the Lawrence G. Haggerty Award for Excellence in Research in 2017, has done so much more since joining Marquette in 2002. His primary research investigates how solid materials deform and flow in less than a micro-second following a broad range of high-stress events, from car crashes to asteroid impacts.

His research has been published in more than 25 refereed journals and numerous government reports, he has received significant funding from the Departments of Energy and Defense. Borg has also been a mentor for countless graduate student theses and dissertations and undergraduate student research experiences.

Borg has received a number of awards, including a Fulbright Scholar award, Way Klingler Sabbatical, Outstanding Researcher Award for the Opus College of Engineering, MU Sigma Xi Rising Star Award and Teacher of the Year in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Borg, who was named chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering in 2017, is working with the rest of the mechanical engineering faculty and staff to create, innovate and build a top-ranked department that is recognized for its transformative education, cutting edge research and commitment to Marquette's Catholic, Jesuit mission.

Past Recipients

To view past recipients of the award, view the University Honors page.