Optonicus is focused on the research, development, and marketing of intelligent
optical systems used by commercial and government organizations. The company’s
INFOCO product family of intelligent fiber collimators and arrays is used to improve
performance for atmospheric imaging, laser communications, laser target tracking,
directed energy, and remote sensing applications. Optonicus continues to research
in several development areas with a roadmap to deliver additional innovative products
in the future.
The Optonicus team of researchers and engineers came from leading academic and government
research institutions and offer their long-term expertise to help customers make
their optical systems truly intelligent.
More news on Optonicus' most recent projects here.
Mikhail A. Vorontsov is the Chief Executive Officer and President of Optonicus.
He received his Ph.D. in physics in 1977 and Doctor of Science in physics and mathematics
in 1989, both from Moscow State University. Currently he is a Professor & Wright
Brothers Endowed Chair in Ladar and Free Space Optical Communications Institute
(LOCI) at University of Dayton and a research professor at University of Maryland
College Park. From 1997 to 2009 Vorontsov was a senior physicist and Director of
the Intelligent Optics Laboratory in the Computational and Information Sciences
Directorate of the Army Research Laboratory. He has published over 250 papers and
four books on the subjects of adaptive optics, beam control, nonlinear spatio-temporal
dynamics and image processing.
Vorontsov is ARL, SPIE and OSA Fellow and a recipient of several awards including:
University of Maryland “Outstanding Systems Engineering Faculty” award
(2008); U.S. Army Research and Development Achievement Award: “Target-in-the-Loop
Beam Control and Active Imaging”; ARL Achievement Award for Best Publication
(2006) and ARL Achievement Award for Science for development of a new generation
of adaptive laser communication and imaging systems (2000).
Tom Tumolillo, Jr. is the Chief Operating Officer of Optonicus. He is
an experienced optical industry leader with a 20 year track record of successfully
taking innovative optical products from R&D to the market place in entrepreneurial
and high growth public and private optical communications component and systems
companies. Dr. Tumolillo has held increasingly more responsible positions throughout
his career in Engineering, Product Line Management, and Business Development at
Akzo Nobel Photonics, JDS Uniphase, Zia Laser, EOS Technologies, AgilOptics, EMCORE
Fiber Optics and Luxtera. Prior to joining Optonicus he was Vice President, Government
Relations at Physical Optics Corporation managing a team of Directors marketing
a diverse technology portfolio developed under government sponsored small business
contracts to the Department of Defense and civilian research agencies.
Dr. Tumolillo received his B.S. in Physics in 1987 with a concentration in Optics
from Humboldt State University, M.S. in 1989, and Ph.D. in 1991 degrees both in
Physics with a specialization in Optics & Optoelectronics from the University
of Alabama in Huntsville. He completed at two year National Research Council Post-Doctoral
Fellowship at the US Army Missile Command Weapons Sciences Directorate in Huntsville,
Alabama in 1993, and his received his MBA in General Management from the Rotterdam
School of Management, Rotterdam, The Netherlands in 2000.
Robert Markovich is the Business Consultant
of Optonicus. He is a repeat entrepreneur with a consistent track record of building
successful technology businesses over his 25 year career - as founder, investor,
and board director/advisor. He has a broad understanding of selling telecommunications
and electro-optical systems to enterprises, service providers, and government segments.
He has held executive positions in marketing, business development and sales for
companies, ranging from early startups to public corporations.
Markovich was co-founder and executive at network management system pioneer Visual
Networks, helping it grow from zero to $100M in four years and leading it in a highly
successful IPO, later acquired by Fluke Networks. In addition, Markovich was co-founder
and CEO of wireless management startup Network Chemistry (acquired by Aruba Networks)
and was CEO of enterprise mobility startup Agito Networks (acquired by Shoretel).
He also co-founded and was Managing Director of the boutique venture capital firm,
The Hatch Group, where he made several successful investments in optical, wireless,
and network technology startups. Markovich received a B.S. Electrical Engineering
from Carnegie Mellon University.