Grant Hanson retires from China Lake after 40 years of service

Grant Hanson retires from China Lake after 40 years of serviceNavel Air Weapons Center Weapons Division Deidra Patin –

Grant Hanson retired during a flag-raising ceremony Jan. 13 in China Lake.

Hanson graduated from Portland State University with degrees in Math and Computer Science. He entered federal service at China Lake in 1981 and began writing assembly language code to solve a bomb spacing problem.

After finishing his Junior Professional tours, Hanson worked in the Simlab for 10 years, developing hardware-in-the-loop simulations and control system designs for multiple projects.

After completing a PhD in Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Hanson spent three decades moving between the Research and Weapons Departments conducting image and signal processing research, developing small target detection algorithms, and leading the signal processing team for the LOGIR program.

In his spare time, Hanson coached the local high school and club swim teams for 20 years, developing CIF champions and record holders, an NCAA champion, multiple National and Junior National qualifiers, and Naval and Coast Guard Academy appointees.

Ron Rodriguez U.S. Navy photo: Grant Hanson received a flag flown in his honor during a ceremony at China Lake on Jan. 13. Hanson retired after 40 years of federal service.

Story First Published: 2022-02-25