Dr. Duston is a Director of L.Garde. In his role with L.Garde, Dr. Duston offers invaluable technical advice and direction with intellectual property, SBIR proposals, commercialization of innovative technologies, and marketing activities. Dr. Duston is an entrepreneur involved in five start-up companies in high-tech industries such as plasma displays, electro-optics, solar photovoltaic power, and ophthalmic devices and equipment.
Prior to his work in the commercial sector, Dr. Duston was deputy for technology with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency. Major mission successes during his government tenure include the Clementine satellite that first discovered ice on the moon, SPEAR (Space Experiments Aboard Rockets), and MSX (Midcourse Space Experiment). He began his scientific career at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and worked in x-ray lasers, dense plasma radiation, laser fusion and simulated nuclear weapons effects. Dr. Duston is a consultant to NASA on commercialization and small business programs, an inventor on 45 U.S. patents and the co-inventor of the first electro-optic multi-focal spectacle lens. He is the recipient of an R&D 100 Award, an Edison Gold Award, a Popular Science Award for Aviation & Space, and was appointed to The Planetary Society's Space Technology Hall of Fame. He is a former professor of Technology Management at the University of Maryland and holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Michigan.