Doug Hanna graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in 1981 and a master’s degree in 1982, both in mechanical engineering.
He started his career in 1982 at Defence R&D Canada – Suffield near Medicine Hat, conducting research in ground vehicle mobility. In 1991, his research emphasis shifted to robotic ground vehicles. He became Head/Tactical Vehicle Systems Section in 1996. From 1996 to 2001, he advocated for a more comprehensive program in robotics research. The culmination of this effort was program growth from 14 to 26 full time technical staff by 2004, and a newly formed Autonomous Intelligent Systems Section in 2005. DRDC Suffield became the lead Centre for unmanned vehicle systems research in Defence R&D Canada where Mr. Hanna and his research team focused on next generation unmanned ground and close-air systems for military and public security operations until his retirement in Jun, 2012.
From 2007 until 2012, he was a member of the Board of Directors of CCUVS (the Canadian Centre for Unmanned Vehicle Systems). From early 2015 until the present time, he has been filling the role of Range Manager for the Foremost UAS Range.