Duane Hill is an electrical engineer with a controls speciality. He began his involvement with unmanned aircraft in 2006 at the Utah State University Research Foundation when he started building payloads specific to unmanned aircraft. In 2007, he started an engineering consulting company that specialized in high risk flight test for special unmanned aircraft programs. In 2000, Duane graduated from Utah State University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering with a minor in computer science. He completed his coursework for M.S. in Electrical Engineering while working as a research support engineer with the Space Dynamics Laboratory at the USU Research Foundation. Duane has multiple patents, including one patent for an optical sensor for UAS sense and He is a rated Private Pilot approximately 350 hours flying manned aircraft, over 100 hours conducting high risk UAS flight test and countless hours in flight simulation.