ABOUT US / Steve Solomon

Steve Solomon

President & CEO
Phone: 805.708.5084
Email: steve@acumenscientific.com



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)