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Physical Optics Corporation (AKA:POC~MERCURY MISSION SYSTEMS, LLC)
Profile last edited on: 5/27/2022

Systems integrator integrating photonics, holography, electronics and software into systems across a range of military, government and private sector market applications
Year Founded
First SBIR Year
Latest SBIR Award
Program Status
Active (Acquired)


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Location Information

1845 West 205th Street
Torrance, CA 90501
   (310) 320-3088
Multiple Locations:   
Congressional District:   43
County:   Los Angeles

Public Profile

Founded in 1985 with its first SBIR coming from NSF with the proposal crafted by Founder Joanna Jannsen on their kitchen table not long after arriving in the US from Poland, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) became a major player in the SBIR-STTR arena - a highly innovative, employee-owned company. With a strong and long-time continuing presence in the SBIR area, POC is usefully understood as a systems integrator of advanced technology, serving military and defense and homeland security, along with selected commercial markets - medical, communication, movie theaters, consumer appliances, automotive, and biotechnology. Working often in collaboration with a range of major and mid-sized corporations, the firm grew through the years to almost 350 employees with a high percentage of PhDs across a range of scientific and engineering disciplines. Holding over 160 issued patents worldwide, covering 60 technologies, the firm was always a source of innovative research and development, focused on several strategic thrust areas and advanced programs, including full-rate platform production, In December 2020 it was announced that Andover, MA based Mercury Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY,, a leader in trusted, secure mission-critical technologies for aerospace and defense, had completed acquisition of Physical Optics Corporation (POC) in a cash transaction valued at over $310M. End of an era.

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Synopsis: Awardee Business Condition

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Privately Held
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Awards Distribution by Agency

Key People / Management

  Joanna L Jannson -- Founder, Former President / CEO and Chairman of the Board

  Kevin Walter -- President and Chief Executive Officer

  Ilya Agurok --

  Xx Alexander --

  Pauline Paki Amouzou --

  Victor Arellano -- Senior Staff Systems Engineer

  Anna Asanbaeva --

  Aramais Avakian --

  Vijay Bandekar --

  John Bell --

  Ihor Berezhnyy --

  Justin Bishop --

  Daniel Bock --

  Hans-Peter Brecht --

  Scott A Bredow --

  John Buell --

  Leonid Bukshpun -- Director, Applied Intelligent Systems

  Wesley Burkhard -- Optical Design Engineer

  Emily Campbell -- Media Contact

  Gene Campbell --

  Van Tri Tuc Cao --

  Albert Cardona --

  Luis Carranza --

  Chung-Yen Chao --

  Ray T Chen --

  Valeriy Chirkov --

  Jae Choi --

  Kang-Bin Chua -- Director, Autonomous Systems

  Roy Clark --

  Kevin D Degrood --

  Edward Dehoog --

  Gordon Drew -- Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

  Mark Drzymkowski -- Director of Technology Transitioning

  Dan Edmans -- Director, Government Relations

  Vladimir Esterkin --

  Omar Facory -- Director, Government Relations

  Tunchen DAniel Fang --

  Gerald L Fitzpatrick --

  Mark W Foster --

  Norbert Fruehauf --

  Richard Gajewski --

  Sergei Galkin --

  Eric Gans --

  Nicholas Garcia --

  Ofir Garcia-Salazar -- Senior Scientist

  Alexander Genusov --

  Michael Gertsenshteyn --

  Armen Gholian -- Senior Research Scientist

  Alfred Goldsmith --

  Victor Grubsky --

  Eunhee Han --

  Kwangsu "sam" Han -- Director, Hardware Engineer

  Mark Harrison --

  Todd Hester --

  Jay Hirsh --

  David Hitchcock -- Team Leader

  Z Ho --

  Sonny Hoang --

  Ms Holland --

  Allen Hollister --

  Derek Huddleston --

  Carol Jacobus -- Marketing Supervisor

  Tomaz P Jannson -- Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer

  Steve Jiang --

  Ian Jimenez -- Director, Embedded Systems

  Gabriel Kaplan --

  Anup Katake --

  Vladimir Katsman --

  Shahzad Khalid --

  Alexander Khaydarov --

  Dai Hyun Kim --

  Keehoon Kim --

  Richard Kim --

  Iouri V Kompaniets --

  Oleg Korovyanko --

  Andrew Kostrzewski -- Senior Vice President, Strategic Technologies & Chief Engineer

  Olga Kuklina --

  Chai Pei Kuo --

  Kang S Lee --

  Kenneth Levin --

  Wayne Lian --

  Robert A Lieberman --

  Shing-Hong Lin --

  William Liu --

  Martin Lopez --

  Taiwei Lu --

  Robert Lundy -- Business Official

  Jhy-Ming Luo --

  Jimmy Luo --

  Vladimir Manasson --

  Richard Mann --

  John Matthews --

  Shean McMahon --

  Gennady Medvedkin --

  Wondwosen Mengesha --

  Naresh Menon --

  Eddy Milanes --

  David Miller --

  Alexander Milovanov -- Senior Systems Engineer

  Mark Mitchell --

  Mark Mitchell --

  Dhruv Monga -- Software Engineer

  Behzad Moslehi --

  Michael E Moyer -- Group Leader, Avionics Displays

  Emily Murtha -- Marketing Administrator

  Achothan Nair --

  Alexander Naumov --

  Matthew Neil --

  Bak Ng -- Senior Staff Software Engineer

  Eddie Ng --

  Samuel Nieva --

  Marvin G Niimura --

  Albert Okorogu --

  Sergei Orlov --

  Roman Ostroumov --

  Pauline Paki-Amouzou --

  Allen S Panahi --

  Ninad Patnekar -- Director, Innovative Technologies

  Edward Patton --

  Gregory Peng --

  Shengji Peng --

  Wei Peng --

  W Reed Phillips --

  William Phillips --

  Michael Piliavin --

  Yuri Plotkin --

  Ranjit Pradhan -- Vice President

  Ninad P Pratnekar --

  John D Prohaska --

  Sihai Qian --

  Wei Qiu --

  Srivatsa V Rao --

  Michael Reznikov --

  Vahid Riasati --

  Matthew Rickard --

  Alexander Rizkin --

  Sookwang Ro --

  Mahsa Rohanizadeh --

  Volodymyr Romanov --

  Mahsa Rouhanizadeh --

  Lev Sadovnik --

  Pedro Salazar --

  Berta Sandberg --

  Sergey Sandomirsky --

  Niusha Sarkhosh -- Director, Advanced RF Systems

  Ms Niua S Sarkosh --

  Gajendra D Savant -- Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

  Edward Schmidlin --

  Paul Schnitser --

  Keith Seawright -- Director, Business Development AF and Unmanned Programs

  Vladimir Sevastyanov --

  Joseph Seymour --

  Alireza Shapoury --

  Alireza Shapoury --

  Prachee Sharma -- Director, Information Systems

  Patty Shaw --

  Megan Shie -- Government Relations & Tradeshows Administrator

  Ricke Shie -- Senior Vice President & Chief Strategic Officer

  Min-Yi Shih --

  Robert Shih --

  Freddie Shing-Hong --

  Paul Shnitser -- Technology Vice President

  Sueh-Wen Siao --

  David J Silvestris -- Director, Business Development

  Ponniah Sivanesan --

  Kalin Spariosu --

  Cristina Spence -- Business Official

  Dmitry S Starodubov --

  Lenka Stepan --

  Eva Strzelecki --

  Christian Suh --

  Davis Tran --

  Sanjay Tripathi --

  Tri Tuc --

  Peter Twiss --

  Anatoly Vasiliev --

  Avinash Vasudevan --

  Robert Waldo -- Director, Business Development Naval Programs

  Gregory Waligorski --

  Wayne W Wang --

  Wenjian Wang --

  Robert Wedeen --

  Chi Wey --

  Aristo Wibawa -- Director, Systems Engineering

  Paul Wilkinson --

  Frank Willis -- VP Business Development Military and Aerospace

  Nathan Wong --

  Steve Wong --

  Shudong Wu --

  Xiaowei Xia --

  Dan Xiang -- Research Engineer

  Brian H Xu -- Research Scientist

  Guoda Xu --

  Baolong Yu --

  Kevin Yu --

  Mohamad Zahzah --

  Gregory Zeltser --

  Fang Zhang --

  Hansheng Zhang --

  Sean Zhang --

  Zhanxiang Zhang --

  Mingjun Zhao --

  Yunlu Zou --