Who We Are
APIC Corporation was founded in 1999 to advance the research, development, and production of highly integrated photonic and electronic technology. Since that time, APIC has worked diligently on a set of photonic building blocks designed to answer the needs of a host of advanced military applications.
To achieve these goals, APIC has developed and introduced key optoelectronic components with industry-leading performance that are specifically designed for harsh environments. APIC also has forged a number of strategic partnerships with universities and research institutions worldwide for advanced development and with industry and service providers for manufacturing, marketing, and product applications development.
Dr. Dutt founded APIC Corporation with the goal of inventing pioneering technology in the photonics industry. This has encompassed work in the areas of microelectronics, photonics, and optoelectronic integration. Products include highly integrated photonic circuits that incorporate a variety of functional components through use of silicon-on-insulator technology. Dr. Dutt has developed and holds several significant patents in the fields of radar, applied physics, and photonics. He graduated with honors from the Indian Institute of Technology in 1971. Dr. Dutt earned a master’s degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He later studied the nonlinear physics of solitons at the University of Southern California (USC) and earned a doctorate in experimental fluid mechanics from USC, with part of his thesis work undertaken at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology.
James Chan, PhD - Vice President of Radar Systems
Dr. Chan is a cofounder of APIC and assumed his role as senior scientist in 2003. In this capacity, he pioneered APIC’s work in the area of SOI-based technology as well as in the integration of photonic and electronic components on an SOI substrate. He has more than 28 years of industrial experience at the helm of government-contracted research-and-development efforts. Dr. Chan holds several patents and hasauthored a number of external publications and proprietary reports. He received his bachelor’s degree from California State University at Chico and both his master’s degree and his doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Koichi Sayano, PhD - Vice President of Optical Systems
Dr. Sayano has more than 20 years of experience in technical research and development, and in management. Before joining APIC, he served as Director of Research at Research & Development Laboratories, where his responsibilities included the system integration and testing of an optical code-division multiple-access (OCDMA) fiber-optic communication system as well as the testing and evaluation of erbium-doped optical sources and fiber amplifiers, photonic integrated circuit chips, and other optical components. He received his bachelor’s degree, masterÕs degree, and doctorate in applied physics from the California Institute of Technology.
Anguel Nikolov, PhD - Vice President of Research and Development
Dr. Nikolov has more than a decade of experience in technology development and management. Before joining APIC, he held engineering and managerial positions with Lucent/Agere Systems and NanoOpto Corp. Dr. Nikolov has broad experience in the areas of process development and in the introduction of new technologies to volume manufacturing. He also has multiple publications and patents in the areas of nanofabrication and device design. He received his master’s degree and his doctorate in atomic and molecular physics from the University of Connecticut.
DENISE LORTIE – VICE PRESIDENT OF ADMINISTRATION
As a co-founder of APIC Corporation in a role as its VP of Administration and Corporate Secretary to the Board of Directors, her career started in the Government and Defense industry such as R&D Associates and Science Applications, Inc. She has over 30 years’ experience in various aspects of administration, contracts and management and is responsible for the implementation of corporate policy. She also operates as a liaison to support U.S. national security interests and international companies’ legal compliance.
Kim Henderson - Director of Finance
Ms. Henderson has more than 25 years of financial management experience, primarily in thegovernment contracting industry. She has held lead revenue and project accounting positions at Intelsat General Corporation and CACI, as well as at APIC. She holds a degree in finance from George Mason University.
Bill Hoker - Director, Washington DC Operations
CAPT Hoker USN ret brings 3 decades of global operational military expertise to APIC to spearhead our outreach to the US Department of Defense and US Interagency. A graduate of the US Naval Academy, US Navy Postgraduate School, and Naval Command College, he commanded USS Valley Forge (CG50) andDestroyer Squadron 7. Assigned by the Chief of Naval Operations in 2006 as Navy Liaison for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), he led efforts to connect potential Naval users with revolutionary national technology capabilities, including Highly Integrated Photonics. He joined APIC in 2010.
Ashok K. Kapoor, PhD - Director, Silicon Valley Operations
Dr. Kapoor has 3 decades of experience in the design of extremely low power electronics including poly-emitter bipolar technology, 30-GHz bipolar process development, leakage reduction in nanoscale MOS transistors, BiCMOS design, and complementary JFET technology for low-power VLSI. He earned his B.Tech. degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, India, in 1973, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Cincinnati, OH, in 1979 and 1981. He has worked at Philips India, HP, LSI Logic, National Semiconductor, and founded Semi Solutions and DSM Solutions , has coauthored nearly 30 publications and is holder of over 95 U.S. patents. His current research interests include device design for low-power technology and man–machine interface. Dr. Kapoor is a member of the IEEE Electron Devices Society, Material Research Society, and Sigma Xi. He was the recipient of the Inventor of the Year Award from LSI Logic in 1995.
Yutong Wu, PhD - Director of Operations
Dr. Wu comes to APIC with over 15 year experience in the semiconductor and electronics industries. His most recent position was program manager for technology transfer at IBM’s System and Technology Group, where he spent more than four years in Singapore managing manufacturing outsourcing operations. Prior to that, Dr. Wu held various technical and managerial positions in IBM’s microelectronics business. Dr. Wu holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey at New Brunswick, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Physics from University of Science and Technology of China. He also holds a MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Bob Walter - Director, Program Management
Mr. Walter has over 27 years of program management experience in projects ranging from M1 Abrams Tank fielding, to research and development at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Mr. Walter is a DAWIA Certified U.S. Department of Defense acquisition professional and a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel with 20 years of experience in combat arms and Army Acquisition. As a DoD contractor for 14 years, he provided technical and managerial support for program formulation, planning, solicitation, and execution on numerous projects in DARPA and other DoD agencies. Mr. Walter earned his BS in EE from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1981 and an MSE studying robotics at the University of Texas in Austin in 1992.