Haugaard receives 2020 MSU Packaging Alumni Association Innovation Award

Kristine Haugaard is the 2020 winner of the MSU Packaging Alumni Association Innovation Award.

Kristen Haugaard standing by a rocket ship engine

Kristine Haugaard is the 2020 winner of the MSU Packaging Alumni Association Innovation Award.

This award is given to a Michigan State School of Packaging (SoP) graduate who has made a specific, definable contribution to the advancement of package technology. Candidates possess integrity and character to positively reflect and enhance the prestige of MSU SoP and the packaging profession.

Haugaard is a 1984 graduate and is a member of the MSU School of Packaging Alumni Association. She has worked in the field of aerospace for 31 years, and since the start of her professional career has donated to the school.

She is currently working for the Packaging, Handling, Storage & Transportability (PHS&T) Engineering department at United Launch Alliance (ULA). In her position she has designed containers and oversaw many elements of the space flight hardware.

Mark S. Hart, design and fab. manager, of the PHS & T team says, “Kristine is the definition of a subject matter expert. She owns and maintains the PHS&T command media. She understands the capabilities and limitations of the ‘Rocketship’ better than anyone at ULA. She is recognized as the company expert on shipping explosives and gaining government approval.”

Kristine Haugaard switched from working on packaging airplane parts to packaging space products. She herself is always expanding what she knows and is recognized for her contributions to the field of aerospace.

Hart says, “Every year she trains multiple people to design containers and continues to mentor her PHS&T teammates. She supports everything that goes through the factory, all the other field sites and launch sites, and now our major development programs. I cannot think of another engineer who has made such a broad, definable contribution to the application of package technology in our industry.”


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