Lieutenant Colonel Patrick "DICE" Highland was a graduate research assistant in the Operator Performance Laboratory (OPL). He received a PhD in industrial and systems engineering with a specialization in human systems integration in 2021. Before attending the University of Iowa, Highland has had an illustrious career with United States Air Force.
Highland received a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland, then went on to receive undergraduate pilot training at Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma. While assigned to fly reconnaissance variants of the C-135 at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, Highland completed an ME at the University of Nebraska. At Offutt Air Force Base, he continued to serve as an evaluator pilot and was subsequently selected to attend the United States Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, California, where he earned an MS in flight test engineering. Highland has 3300+ hours in 50+ different aircraft, including 289 combat hours.