Brian Haugen

Brian HaugenBrian Haugen died March 10, 2018, in Ridgecrest. He was 57.

Brian began work at the Naval Weapons Center, currently the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division in 1983 after graduating from South Dakota Tech with a degree in mechanical engineering.

Brian rapidly developed specialized knowledge and skills in the areas of structures, dynamics, climatics, instrumentation, measurement engineering, signal processing, time series data analyses, data acquisition, test fixture modeling and design, test methodology development and environmental and loads testing. He was routinely consulted by a multitude of weapon programs to assist in solving technical issues. His expertise in weapons environmental engineering and testing development provided for accurate and reliable ordnance design and testing for a vast arena of naval weapon systems, including air-to-air, air-to-ground, and ship- and submarine-launched weapons.

In addition to Brian’s direct engineering development and sustainment support contributions to NAWCWD programs, he was recognized both nationally and internationally for his work in environmental test methodology development and standardization, with extensive contributions to U.S. and NATO engineering and test standards. Brian’s work products were an integral part of meeting international objectives and contributed immensely toward implementation of an interoperable approach to improving environmental engineering and ammunition safety across the U.S. forces.

Brian’s exemplary contribution to NAWCWD and the national and International communities in the areas of environmental engineering and testing culminated in receiving the honorary NAWCWD Michelson Laboratory Award in 2014.

During the latter part of Brian’s career with the Life Cycle Environmental Engineering Branch, he provided a technical and leadership role as the Tomahawk environmental engineer and weapon system airframe integrated product team lead. In 2015, Brian took on a new career challenge as the Small Diameter Bomb II chief engineer. He provided expertise and guidance in the development of the Navy Small Diamter Bomb II capability. His lasting contributions will make a difference in the Navy warfighter’s capability into the future.

Survivors include his wife Leslie Haugen, his daughters Molly Haugen and Emily Haugen, son Brandon Haugen, mother Marlyce Haugen and sister Kay Momsen. He was proceeded in death by his father, Robert Haugen.

Brian will always be remembered for his attention to work and his quiet humor; always a smile, never a frown. He could always be found with a camera in hand and enjoying the outdoors.

No services are being held at this time.

— Submitted by the loved ones of Brian Haugen

Story First Published: 2018-03-23