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ABOUT US / Steve Solomon

President & CEO
Phone: 805.708.5084



President & CEO | Acumen Scientific, Goleta, CA
Technical consultant to industry and US government in the areas of electro-optical sensors and focal planes


2000-present | Acumen Scientific, Goleta, CA

  • Successful transfer of IR emitter MEMS technology

  • MEMS design and fabrication

  • Developed new high temperature material set for IR emitters

  • Materials science & engineering

  • Technology evaluation for venture capital firms

1993–2000 | Raytheon Vision Systems, Goleta, CA
Principal Physics Engineer

  • InSb detector fabrication process scientist

  • IR&D, and technology development

  • Surface & semiconductor device analysis, physics & modeling

Technical Head

  • Test director for EO-1 earth observing program

  • Line manager in engineering test department, recruitment & technical oversight of 25 engineers

  • Budget oversight and planning

  • Developed highly successful training program

Senior Systems Engineer

  • Systems engineer for a major tactical production program, responsible for in excess of 3M$ in cost savings by design of test and specification analysis

  • Systems engineer for astronomy programs and 2 color FPA program

  • Optical design and radiometric analysis, performance prediction, specification generation & flow-down

Member of Technical Staff

  • Design, development & implementation of focal plane array and silicon wafer cryoprobing test capability

  • Extensive infrared array diagnostics, troubleshooting, testing and circuit analysis

  • Responsible for substantial improvements in simultaneous 2 color focal plane array performance, test engineering authority for a major tactical DOD production program


PhD, Physics University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
MA, Physics University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
BS (Magna Cum Laude), Physics University of Rochester, Rochester, NY


  • Best Paper at 1997 Detector IRIS Conference, Monterrey, CA (1997)

  • Hughes Summit Award for Performance Excellence (1997)

  • Best paper at Electro-Optic Sensors and Technology Network conference (1998)

  • NASA Graduate Research Fellow (1991-1993)

  • Rush Rhees Fellow (1986-1988)

  • Member elect: Phi Beta Kappa


Over 50 publications


7 patents (none listed)

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