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Doug Deason, Ph.D.

Dr. Deason has 40 years of experience in advanced technology for defense and aerospace platforms. He previously served as the Director of Advanced Research for the Missile Defense Agency, with responsibility for the SBIR/STTR Program, University Research, International Research, and the Rapid Innovation Program. He was responsible for a typical annual budget of $120-$150 M. In 2018, he was recognized with the Agency’s Distinguished Professional Award. Dr. Deason’s technical specialty is in advanced materials for highly challenging environments including rocket and missile aerostructures, propulsion systems and hypersonics. He previously held technical and management positions with U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, United Technologies Corporation, Battelle and others. He is a former small business owner and SBIR awardee. Dr. Deason has been a frequently requested speaker on missile materials, proposal writing, Phase III opportunities and commercialization. He holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.