Steve Poland

Steve Poland, Chairman

Steve joined Prime Photonics 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 Virginia Tech Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Advisory Board, is a FIRST LEGO League volunteer, holds 4 US patents, and has over 30 publications. Steve received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech.

Russ May

Dr. Russ May

As a founder, Dr. May has served on the Board since it was created in 2002.  Dr. May has over 25 years experience in fiber optic sensor and communications technology development 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). Dr. May is a founder of Prime Photonics, and previously was research faculty at Virginia Tech's Center for Photonics Technology.   He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering and a Ph.D. in materials engineering, all from Virginia Tech.

 Etienne Samson

Etienne Samson

Mr. Samson joined the Prime Board of Managers in 2013 and is General Manager of both Halliburton’s Applied Photonics Center and Telemetry Center of Excellence. In this role, Mr. Samson is responsible for building and leading world class, discipline oriented, research organizations with focus on developing innovative step change solutions for the Oil & Gas industry. Previously, Mr. Samson worked at Pinnacle Technologies since 2000 where held various positions in R&D. He received a B.S. in aeronautic engineering from the Montreal Polytechnic in Canada.

Mike ONeill
Mike O'Neill

Mr. O'Neill joined the Prime Board of Managers in 2010. He is the CEO of MedicaSoft, LLC, a healthcare IT company located in northern Virginia. Prior to joining MedicaSoft, he was a Senior Advisor with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, where he was a member of the founding team of the VA Center for Innovation. Mike led the introduction of new technology in healthcare and claims processing and spearheaded VA's open source electronic health records initiative and served on the board of directors of OSEHRA, the first open source foundation in healthcare IT. Prior to VA, Mike was involved in the commercialization of new products and technology as an executive in both startups and large companies and as an early stage venture capital investor. He has a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical  Engineering from Virginia Tech and currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Virginia Tech Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Dr. Dan Sable
Dr. Dan Sable

Dr. Dan Sable is the co-founder and President/CEO of VPT, Inc., a leading producer of high reliability DC-DC power converters for military, aerospace, and satellite applications.  In this role, he actively participates in all aspects of the company, including finance, sales and marketing, product development, operations, and legal.  Dr. Sable oversaw the sale of VPT to Heico in May, 2009.  Dr. Sable began his career in 1978 as a Senior Member Technical Staff for RCA Astro-Electronics in Hightstown, NJ.  He was also assistant professor of electrical engineering technology at Trenton State College (presently Trenton College of New Jersey).  Dr. Sable earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from MIT and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech, has 4 patents and over 30 publications.  He has served as chairman of the Virginia Tech Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Industrial Advisory Board, is a registered professional engineer, and serves on the board of directors of several organizations.

Walter Daub
Walter Daub

Mr. Daub has served on the Prime Board of Managers since 2009. Since retiring in 2003, Mr. Daub serves as a small business counselor with the local chapter of SCORE and belongs to the Northeast Angels, a New Hampshire Angel investment group. From 2000-2003 Mr. Daub served as COO for Luna Innovations where he led the launch and sale of the Luna Energy and Luna iMonitoring commercial spin-offs.  Prior to joining Luna, Mr. Daub was President and CEO of the CFE Company, a 50/50 joint venture between GE Aircraft Engines and Allied Signal Aerospace.  Starting his career with Sikorsky and subsequently Bell Helicopter, he spent the majority of his career with General Electric, beginning in 1976 as an engineer with GE Aircraft Engines. For GE, Mr. Daub served in a variety of technical, operational and management roles leading up to his promotion to CEO for CFE Company in 1995.  Mr. Daub holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

John Goehrke 
John Goehrke

Currently CEO of HexaTech, Inc., the world leader in next-generation semiconductor material aluminum nitride (ALN). John brings over 30 years of sales, marketing and general management experience to Prime Photonics. Most recently, he was CEO at Centice Corporation, a provider of unique technology and systems for identification and verification of chemical substances. Previously, he was CEO at Nextreme Thermal Solutions, a leader in thin-film thermoelectrics, which was sold to Laird Technologies in February 2013. Other operational roles include CEO of siXis Inc., pioneers of advanced Silicon Circuit Board (SiCB) technology, and COO of Luna Innovations, where he was part of the executive management team that successfully completed an Initial Public Offering. Previous to Luna Innovations, John was CEO of Luna Technologies and General Manager of Acterna’s Access Division, based in Germantown, MD, and the Fiber Optics Division based in St. Etienne, France. John earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh.