Dr. Dwight Duston
Board Member
Dr. Duston has been a Board member and consultant to L.Garde, Inc. for over 3 years. He assists L.Garde with their intellectual property portfolio, SBIR proposals, commercialization of innovative technologies, and marketing activities to the government. Prior to working with L.Garde, he was an entrepreneur and involved in four start-up companies in high-tech industries such as flat-panel plasma displays, electro-optics, solar photovoltaic power, and ophthalmic devices and equipment.

Prior to his work in the commercial sector, Dr. Duston was a technology manager with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (formerly, SDIO and BMDO) where he was the Deputy for Technology. Major successes during his tenure include the Clementine satellite mission that first discovered ice on the moon, the Midcourse Space Experiment (MSX), development of wide-bandgap semiconductors for blue lasers and LEDs, the first CMOS visible sensor, and the space qualification of numerous innovative technologies. He began his scientific career at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory researching x-ray lasers, dense plasma radiation, laser fusion and high-altitude nuclear weapons effects.

Dr. Duston is presently a consultant to NASA on commercialization and small business programs and has served as a consultant to the Department of Energy, the Department of Commerce, the National Institutes of Health, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the National Academy of Science; he is also a former professor of Technology Management at the University of Maryland. He is an inventor on 45 US patents, and is 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 elected to The Planetary Society's Space Technology Hall of Fame. He holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Michigan.