Ray Haynes

BS/AE 1967


Ray Haynes
This year's UA Bear Down awardee is a Nogales, Ariz., native who was an early champion of diversity in engineering.

This year's UA Bear Down awardee is a Nogales, Ariz., native who was an early champion of diversity in engineering. UA aerospace engineering alum Raymond Haynes was an early adopter of the concept of diversity in engineering. Perhaps it's because of the region where he grew up and received his education.

Haynes is a Nogales, Ariz., native, who grew up and attended high school literally within walking distance of the U.S.-Mexico border. His bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering and his MBA are from the University of Arizona, and his PhD in operations logistics is from Arizona State University. He also holds a master's degree in systems engineering from the RCA Computer Institute.

He established the Los Hermanos/Northrop Grumman Engineering Scholarship, which provides funds to students from Cochise and Santa Cruz Counties who wish to study engineering at the University of Arizona. He also founded the Northrop Grumman Space Park Academy for Continuing Education (SPACE) University and chaired the Northrop Grumman Native American Caucus.

It's for these reasons and more that Haynes is the recipient of this year's UA Alumni Association Bear Down Award, to be presented at the 48th Annual Engineers Breakfast Nov. 4.

"He has always been passionate about increasing diversity in the fields of engineering and promoting engineering education in high schools," said engineering dean Jeff Goldberg. "Ray has been a strong advocate for the College of Engineering."

Haynes' 25 years of industry experience began in 1967 and include a number of key engineering, executive, and project management roles. He's held positions at AiResearch, RCA, TRW, TRW-Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, and the U.S. Navy’s Surface Warfare Center. From 1984 to 1999, Haynes held a number of academic faculty positions including a TRW Chair professorship/directorship of the graduate engineering management program at California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo.


Haynes retired from TRW/Northrop Grumman in 2009 after 36 years. He still consults for Northrop Grumman in Sierra Vista, Ariz., and volunteers as the director of STEM Integration at DaVinci Charter High School in Davis, Calif. He currently lives in Carlsbad, Calif., with his wife, Patricia, and took time from his continually busy schedule to answer a quick Q&A for Arizona Engineer readers:

How has your UA education benefitted you?
The UA provided a great foundation in engineering and business, plus excellent networking.

What are your favorite memories from your time at UA?
My best memory is walking completely around the campus on the stone wall during summer 1954 with my buddy Dean Aldinger.

Tell us something about yourself that people might be surprised to learn.
As patrol boy at University Heights Elementary, I was the traffic czar stationed at Speedway Boulevard and Park Avenue during 1954. Also, I am professor emeritus in engineering management from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

How did you come about attending the UA?
I came to the UA after graduating Nogales High School to follow in my brother Don's footsteps (UA BS/ME 1955) and become an engineer.

Tell us about your hobbies and pastimes.
My hobbies are volunteer work, swimming, biking, running, plus tennis and golf. Life as a granddad is full also?

What are your hopes for the future of UA?
The UA and its new president have a bright future leveraging the great programs in business, engineering and optical sciences. I also hope that our Pac-12 football team gets back on track soon with a new coach.

Describe something remarkable or noteworthy you experienced here.
I attended a 10-week NSF program in physics as a high school junior in 1961 at the UA, and never even considered another university for engineering studies after that.

What else would you'd like readers to know?
Helping develop the Northrop Grumman Innovation Campus in Sierra Vista with Buena High School, Cochise College, UA South, and the U.S. Army, with focus on UAS Center of Excellence, has been the highlight of 2011. The community kickoff in May featured then UA President Robert Shelton and Tom Vice, president of Northrop Grumman Technical services. 

Oh, and that I'm having fun as usual.

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