Mr. Douglas Freitag is the Director for Government Affairs of the United States Advanced Ceramics Association Formed in 1985, USACA is the premier association promoting the common business interests of advanced ceramic producers and end-user industries. The mission of USACA is to develop and maintain close working relationships between its members and industry and to provide liaison between members and Congress, government agencies, and other targeted industries. Mr. Freitag has over 20 years of experience in advanced materials and manufacturing including serving as the Manager for High Temperature Materials while at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. In this role, Mr. Freitag was responsible for providing leading edge advanced materials and manufacturing technologies for use in a range aerospace and defense products. Throughout his career, Mr. Freitag has collaborated with the Federal Government in planning, reviewing, and conducting Federally sponsored programs in advanced technologies. He has published and presented over sixty papers in this field, many of which have been invited, has been issued several patents, organized and chaired numerous technical sessions at national meetings, and participated in various government panels in support of the advanced materials industry. He was a keynote speaker at the Japan Ultra-High Temperature Materials International Conference. In 1999, Lockheed Martin recognized Mr. Freitag as providing a key technology (PAC3 ceramic radome) which made a significant contribution to their business over the past decade. Mr. Freitag's education includes a Masters of Science and Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University where he graduated with highest honors. Mr. Freitag is also an independent consultant assisting industry with all aspects of Federal Business Development and commercializing new technologies in electronics, photonics, specialty materials, life sciences, and energy markets.