Dr. Deason is CEO of Deason Research LLC, engaged in management of technology and innovation, particularly focusing on initiating and maturing research and development programs in the federal enterprise. He has a 40-year career in research and development. He retired in 2018 as the Director of Advanced Research for the Missile Defense Agency, overseeing small business, university and industrial research portfolios with a budget of over $140M annually. He is a frequently requested speaker at national and regional conferences in areas such as proposal writing, the SBIR/STTR program, working with prime contractors, and maturing technology through federal funding, as well as missile defense, nanotechnology, and advanced materials for challenging applications. He holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.