Dr. Robert Cook obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi specializing in the processing and characterization of high performance nanocomposites. Currently Robert serves as composites business area manager and CeraComp(r) ceramic matrix composite technical lead at Lancer Systems in Quakertown, Pennsylvania. His primary focus has been the engineering, global business development and technical sales of application-specific CMCs for aerospace, defense, automotive, semiconductor and industrial applications. Robert's primary areas of expertise are the design and processing of polymer-derived CMCs consisting of either silicon oxycarbide or silicon carbide matrices. These high-performance materials are commonly reinforced with either carbon, ceramic, alumina or quartz fibers, and can be filled with additional particulate material depending on desired composite bulk and surface property requirements. Due to their high thermal shock and impact resistance, Robert has had success implementing carbon-filled CMC solutions into critical refinery rotating equipment application's, where they have been shown to provide increased Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) compared to monolithic OEM materials. Defined by their thermal insulation performance and thermal cycling resiliency, Lancer quartz and ceramic fiber filled CMCs are finding utilization in the defense industry as radomes and aerospace platform secondary structures, as well as thermal protection for data acquisition equipment used in the down-hole oil and gas industry. Owing to their chemical robustness and tunable molecular structure, Lancer CMCs are also finding applications in the advanced weapon, automotive racing and semiconductor sectors.