Tony Mulligan

Founder and CEO

Hydronalix, Inc


Anthony Mulligan is a founder and CEO Hydronalix, Inc, based in Sahuarita, AZ, which is a developer of small autonomous unmanned surface vehicles and related power generation and sensor packages for maritime applications. Hydronalix performs contract service work for U.S. Navy, NOAA, DHS, DARPA, and various commercial accounts.  Hydronalix is known Internationally for its EMILY Motorized Rescue Buoy for swift water rescue, and tsunami response.  Hydronalix has performed over $4 million in follow on Phase III programs on its single SBIR award.  Hydronalix is a 2015 Tibbett’s Awardee.


Previously, Mr. Mulligan was a founder in 1989 and CEO of Advanced Ceramics Research, Inc (ACR), until its acquisition by BAE Systems in 2009.  ACR started with a single $50,000 SBIR phase I program and grossed over $135 million until its acquisition.  In 2011 ACR was inducted into the SBA’s SBIR Hall of Fame.  



Mr. Mulligan has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arizona and he has 20 U.S. Patents. In 2009 he received the “Professional Achievement Award” from the University of Arizona.  He is also a recipient of the The Thomas R. Brown Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award.  His latest project, EMILY was selected as Grand Award Invention of the Year (for Security Category) by Popular Science for 2010, and selected as #7 of  “The 50 Best Inventions of 2010” by Time magazine.  In 2012 Scientific American Magazine listed EMILY as one of 7 Additional Compelling Breakthroughs that are poised to change the world. EMILY was nominated by the Canadian Safe Boating Council for the “2012 CASBA Maritime Industry Award”.  



Mr. Mulligan served on the Defense Science Board (DSB), Manufacturing Technology Task Force, and he has also served on the boards of Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP – a National Institute of Standards and Technology NIST), he was a founder and board member to the Small Business Technology Coalition (SBTC), and he served as Chairman to the Small Manufacturing Executives of Tucson (SMET).  Since 1994 he has been serving on the Industrial Advisory Committee to the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Arizona, and in 2009 he served as chairman of the Industrial Advisory Committee for the University of Arizona’s College of Engineering and Mines.  Mulligan also served a political appointment to serve on the Pima County, AZ, Workforce Investment Board from 2007-2009.