Brian Haug graduated from Portland State in 1998 with a master’s degree in Geology. A local Portlander, he chose PSU for his graduate studies because of the great reputation of Geology Department in the professional community and the high percentage of PSU grads employed with local consulting companies.
Since graduating from PSU Brian has himself been employed as an environmental consultant, geologist, and operations manager for several local firms including Assessment Associates, Inc. (2013); PBS Engineering & Environmental (1999 – 2013); Northwest Underwater Construction, LLC/Ballard Diving & Salvage (2011-2013) Terracon Consultants, Inc. (2010 – 2011), and Mutual Materials, Inc. (1998 – 1999). Prior to graduate school he was a hydrographic surveyor for David Evans & Associates, Inc. OR (1994 – 1996).
Brian credits Portland State with allowing him to advance in the scientific community and connect with various professionals employed throughout the Pacific Northwest in private firms and state/federal agencies. He says the continuing education classes were particularly helpful and will begin the new Business of Craft Brewing Certificate through PSU’s Center for Executive and Professional Education next quarter.
Staying connected to Portland State and utilizing the continuing education courses here is important to Brian. He has fond memories of being a grad student here: Geology field trips to eastern Oregon, surveying the MAX light rail tunnel following completion through the West Hills/Zoo, working with the US Geological Survey conducting an airgun geophysical survey on the Willamette/Columbia Rivers, and working with international students rank among his favorite memories.
Brian reflects the type of student Portland State celebrates: community minded, globally aware, and always looking to continue in education. His volunteer service has included work as a Rural Aquaculture Program volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps in Zambia, Africa, (2007 – 2009) improving rural livelihoods by promoting integrated fish aquaculture, diversified income, increased food security, sustainable agriculture practices, and HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. In addition, he was a Leading Chief Petty Officer (E-7), Second-Class Diver, Ordnance Clearance Diver, Diving Supervisor and boat coxswain for the U.S. Navy in Norfolk, VA, Seattle, WA and Oak Harbor, WA, retiring in 2006 after 21 years of service.
We welcome this alumnus back to campus!