Dayton, OH July 16, 2012 – Optonicus is pleased to announce the appointment of Tom Tumolillo, Jr. as the new Chief Operating Officer. As an an experienced optical industry leader with a 20 year track record Dr. Tumolillo brings a wealth of relevant experience to the role. He has successfully taken innovative optical products from R&D to the market place in public and private optical communications and systems companies.

Prior to joining Optonicus, Dr. Tumolillo held the position of Vice President, Government Relations at Physical Optics Corporation and before that key roles at Akzo Nobel Photonics, JDS Uniphase, Zia Laser, EOS Technologies, AgilOptics, EMCORE Fiber Optics and Luxtera. His deep understanding of the industry and his track record of success has made him enthusiastically received by the team as well as Optonicus' partners.

“I am very excited to join the outstanding team at Optonicus as the company experiences rapid growth in both the commercial intelligent optical system product line and key government contracting business segments.  Optonicus is well positioned for growth based on the innovative technologies developed that overcome the short comings of traditional adaptive optics technologies” said Dr. Tumolillo. “The growing market demand for effective solutions in the atmospheric imaging, laser communications, laser target tracking, directed energy, and remote sensing applications will drive continued growth and I look forward growing the company in Dayton, Ohio with its strong optical technology and manufacturing roots.”

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.