Austin T. Haygood is a citizen soldier. He is a senior systems engineer at Raytheon Missile Systems and a major in the Arizona National Guard.
Maj. Haygood is one of only a few experts in Air Warfare modeling among 5,500 engineers at Raytheon Missile Systems. In addition, he mentors several young engineers, providing career guidance and technical coaching to develop stronger skills in modeling, simulation, and data analysis. He holds a number of awards from the U. S. Air Force for his military service and is active in the Air National Guard.
Austin Haygood was born on Mather Air Force Base in Sacramento County, California. His father was a U.S. Air Force officer and his mother a preacher's daughter. As a National Achievement Scholar, Austin earned a full tuition, room and board scholarship to attend Iowa State University. He graduated in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering and a U.S. Air Force Commission.
Over his seven-year Air Force career, he became an electronic warfare officer. In this role, he made military use of the electromagnetic spectrum to cripple enemy efforts against U.S. ground forces in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Since 2012, he has made great use of operational insights gleaned in his military career. He continues his relationship with the military as a major providing intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance mission support for law enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection in counter drug and counter-narco-terrorism operation.
During the last two years, he has focused on the development of techniques for scenario integration into higher order models. His innovation has significantly increased the performance and fidelity of complex simulations of Air Warfare engagements in multi-service campaign models. He has added entirely new modeling elements for the simulation of Electronic Warfare/Electronic Countermeasures in Air Warfare products.
Through his research, the Raytheon Missile Systems division has made significant breakthroughs in modeling the effects of collaboration including dynamic target assignment to optimize the flexing of weapons from detections of area targets to a specific high priority target. His work in campaign analysis has been a key discriminator in developing a new hypersonic weapon system at Raytheon Missile Systems.
Maj. Haygood is the 2017 BEYA winner for Research Leadership.