Dwight Holland

Dwight A. Holland, MALS, MS, MSE, MD, PhD is from the Cave Spring area in Roanoke, VA, and is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force (USAF) Reserve supporting active duty. He is the co-founder/principal of Aerospace Human Factors Associates, Inc., which performs human systems integration and systems management to reduce injuries in various workplaces from the factory floor to space. Aerospace Human Factors Associates also seeks to increase organizational efficiency and safety, and to improve decision-making in a wide variety of systems. Dr. Holland is also currently the Senior Reserve Officer the Chief of the 711th Human Performance Wing, Warfighter Readiness Research Division at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, and is working on projects to improve human performance for the USAF through better integration of the people with state-of-the-art science and engineering. He was the Senior Reserve Officer in the USAF Test Pilot School in his last assignment there. He is a pilot, research pilot, and test engineer with over 2,000 hours of experience flying in over 40 different aircraft. Dwight has been on a remote Antarctica expedition, during which he lived in an unheated tent for 3 months and flew sorties to off-site areas nearly every day, using GPS for the first-ever studies in Antarctica. He has chaired over 50 panels at international conferences, and has over 100 academic presentations and publications to his credit. He is the Past President of the International Association of Military Flight Surgeon Pilots, Space Medicine Association, and the current President of the Aerospace Human Factors Association. He has taught alpine skiing professionally part-time at Vail and Snowshoe Resorts. The book he co-authored, titled "Breaking the Mishap Chain," was recommended by Smithsonian Air and Space Magazine as a "book to buy" and has received strong academic reviews. Dr. Holland is a Fellow of the Aerospace Medical and Aerospace Human Factors Associations. He was also selected to the prestigious International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine in 2007, at which time he was the youngest member of the academy. He has been ranked No. 1 in Men's Doubles Tennis pro and amateur in the state of Virginia within the past ten years in his age group, and has been ranked 1-6 on at least 5 occasions. He has been a NASA/Stanford Faculty Fellow, a Virginia Tech Cunningham Fellow, and now also teaches UAS Systems Safety for the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.