The company has assembled a senior management team to emphasize market-driven, results-oriented entrepreneurship supported by extensive technical and business backgrounds.
Steve Poland, CEO
Steve joined Prime Photonics and Prime Research in 2009 as CEO and
President. From 2005-2009 Steve served in various roles with Baker
Hughes ProductionQuest including Director of Optical Systems, North
America Sales & Operations Manager and Director of Mergers and
Acquisitions. Before Baker Hughes, Steve served as VP of Commercial
Projects for Luna Innovations as well as VP of Engineering &
Technology for Luna Energy, where he led the development and
commercialization of multiple fiber optic product lines. Steve currently
serves on the Advisory Board of the Virginia Tech Bradley Department of
Electrical and Computer Engineering, holds 4 US patents, and has over
30 publications. Steve received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical
Engineering from Virginia Tech.
Dr. Russ May, Founder
Russ has over 25 years experience in the research and development of
technology for communications and sensing using optical fibers for
military and commercial applications. His background includes
employment at ITT, Martin Marietta, and ADC Telecommunications, and he
was an original founder of Fiber & Sensor Technologies (now Luna
Innovations). Russ is a founder of Prime Photonics, and previously was
research faculty at Virginia Tech's Center for Photonics Technology.
Russ received B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering and a
Ph.D. in materials engineering, all from Virginia Tech.
Rob Stuart, Controller
Rob Stuart is a CPA with 25 years of accounting experience. Prior to
joining Prime in 2007, Rob served as Controller for ClickandPledge.com,
CFO for Automation Creations, Inc., and CFO for Notari Associates, PA.
Rob graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Baltimore in 1984
with a B.S. in Accounting, is a certified facilitator for 360 Solutions
Principles of High Performance and is currently pursuing his MBA at
Dr. Dan Kominsky, VP of Research & Development
Dan joined Prime in 2004 and prior to becoming Vice President of
Engineering in 2007 he served in the positions of Senior Research
Scientist and Aeropropulsion Business Unit Manager. Dan has an
extensive background in optical waveguide theory, design, and
fabrication, over a decade of experience in photonic systems and
sensors, and has directed Prime's development of high-temperature,
high-speed sensor systems for instrumentation of turbine engines. Dan
holds a B.A. in Physics and Astronomy from Vassar College, an M.S. in
Optics from the University of Rochester, and a Ph.D. in Material Science
and Engineering from Virginia Tech.