Robert Halligan Biography

FIE Aust CPEng
Robert Halligan

Managing Director

Course Presenter for:


  • Member and Ambassador, International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE)
  • Founding Member and a Past President, Systems Engineering Society of Australia (SESA)
  • Honorary Member, Korean Council on Systems Engineering (KCOSE)
  • Member, International Institute of Business Analysts (IIBA)
  • Member, Requirements Engineering Specialist Group (RESG)
  • Member, System Dynamics Society
  • Member, Australian Institute of Training and Development (AITD)
  • Member, National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA)
  • Member, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES)


An executive professional engineer, manager and engineering practitioner, Mr Halligan is renowned internationally for his role in the practice and improvement of technology-based projects. Mr Halligan obtained his qualifications at the University of Melbourne and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. After early engineering, engineering management and project management roles with Telecom Australia, Department of Defence (Australia), Rockwell International and Andrew Corporation, Mr Halligan has for the last twenty-two years contributed to major systems projects worldwide as a consultant and trainer.

Mr Halligan has worked extensively in Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom. In recent years, Mr Halligan has consulted and trained on engineering processes for companies whose goals have been to successfully commercialize their technologies. Clients include Mitsubishi (Japan), BAe Systems (United Kingdom), Aerosystems International (United Kingdom), Tellabs Inc (United States), Kongsberg Defence (Norway), Cochlear (Belgium), EADS (Germany), Thales (The Netherlands) and many others.

Application areas in which Mr Halligan has significant experience include consumer products, medical products, radio and digital communications, land transportation, aviation, space and defense.

Mr Halligan led the development and delivery of the Masters module "Managing Engineering Projects" for the Australian Graduate School of Engineering Innovation, a joint venture between two Australian Universities.

Mr Halligan is Past President of the Systems Engineering Society of Australia. He was also a member of the interim Committee of the Victorian Node of Software Engineering Australia, formed to implement the Australian Government's policy towards software engineering. He was an Australian delegate to the ISO WG7 developing the new international system life cycle processes standard, ISO/IEC 12258, and until recently led the delegation of the International Council on Systems Engineering to ISO/IEC JTC1 SC7 on software and system engineering. Mr Halligan was a key reviewer of EIA 632 (Engineering of Systems) and EIA 731 (Systems Engineering Capability Model). He was a contributor of content to EIA/IS 632 and its successor in the area of requirements quality, and to IEEE 1220 in the area of functional analysis. Mr Halligan served as Director (International) of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE).

Mr Halligan has led five systems engineering capability assessments, between other consulting engagements and an extensive program of public and in-house training in systems engineering. He delivers this training program on six continents.


Robert commenced studies in 1966 for a BSc in Chemistry at the University of Melbourne, deciding, however, during Year 1 to change direction to pursue his passion for radio engineering. He enroled and graduated from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 1969 with an Associateship Diploma of Communications Engineering (degree equivalent), having received the AWA Fisk Prize for top student in Year 2, and now qualified for Chartered Engineer membership of the Institution of Radio and Electronics Engineers (Australia) and Graduate membership of the The Institution of Engineers Australia (IE Aust). He was subsequently elevated to the grade of Member (MIE Aust) in the early 1970's, and in the 1980's he was elected to the highest grade of membership: Fellow (FIE Aust).

Engineers Australia’s criteria for the top (FIE Aust) grade of membership are that professional engineers:

  • have held a sustained major responsibility in the design or execution of important engineering work; or
  • have high education qualifications, held a prominent position in the profession and made a major contribution to the science or practice of engineering; or
  • have had suitable engineering education/training, extensive responsibility in the design/execution of important engineering work and achieved exceptional eminence in the profession.

Robert presenting at Keio University, Tokyo, Graduate School of System Design and Management


"The best thing was the awareness the course gave me of the detail of understanding required to achieve project goals"

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