Executive Team


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.

Business Consultant

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.