Douglas Deason

Missile Defense Agency, DoD

Dr. Douglas Deason leads the Advanced Research Directorate at the Missile Defense Agency with responsibility for the SBIR/STTR Program and University and international research. In this role he executes the Agency’s vision for development of enhanced capabilities for the Ballistic Missile Defense System. During his varied career he has worked for both small and large businesses, consulting firms, a research institution and the Department of Defense. Dr. Deason began his career in geology and geophysics before transitioning to research in materials science and engineering, receiving an M.S. from the University of Florida (Ceramics Specialty) in 1980 and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley (Extractive Metallurgy/Ceramics Specialties) in 1987. Between his graduate degrees he worked for Battelle Memorial Institute Columbus Labs on a wide range of materials projects. He joined federal service in 1999 as part of the Advanced Technology Directorate for the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, eventually becoming its Deputy. He started a materials and manufacturing technology portfolio which at its zenith had over $50M in funding. Dr. Deason joined the Missile Defense Agency in 2006 as the Huntsville Lead for the Manufacturing and Producibility Directorate. In 2009, he assumed the role of SBIR/STTR Director, and in 2011 became the Director, Advanced Research.

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