Every day we work to solve challenging problems for some of our nation’s most important public and private organizations.

Founded in 2016 by a long-time NASA engineer, leader and senior executive Psionic is headquartered in Hampton, Virginia and is privately held.

Management Team

Our leadership team (below) is comprised of the experts and engineers behind NASA’s groundbreaking technology, individuals with deep experience in the markets we’re targeting and executives who have a track record of success managing and growing privately-held technology firms.

Sean Kish

President and Chief Executive Officer

20+ years in private equity and fast-growth companies. Operating roles in finance, corporate development, strategy and product planning for a mix of companies ranging from the traditional economy to technology. More than $500M in debt and equity capital transactions with board service across a range of industry sectors. Sensor experience with USAID utilizing multispectral satellite imagery to low-altitude imagery capture, processing and analysis. Graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.

Steve Sandford

Founder and Chief Technology Officer

30+ years managing large engineering teams developing and deploying advanced technologies in public, private sectors. 25+ years at NASA. Responsible for staff of 600 people at NASA’s Langley Research Center delivering on projects worth more than $500M. Covered electro-optical engineering and research and systems engineering. Author and lecturer on space. BS in physics from Randolph Macon, MSEE from University of Virginia, MS in Optical Science from University of Arizona.

Diego Pierrottet 

Chief Engineer

Co-inventor on core patent behind Psionic Doppler Lidar. 30+ years of experience in design, development, evaluation of laser radar systems, including for Air Force Research Laboratory, NASA. Received NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal for development of NDL. Numerous patents and authored several technical journal articles. BSEE from University of New Mexico, Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering with a core concentration in Opto-Electronics from the University of New Mexico.

Rob Fleishauer

Head of Engineering

30+ years experience managing large science and engineering teams for the USAF and NASA. Served as COO of an 1,100 person NASA contractor. Directly responsible for $425M contract with over 400 staff at NASA Langley Research Center. Technical focus in remote sensing, cloud microphysics, and radiative transfer. BS in physics from UW-Superior, MS (R) in Atmospheric Science from Saint Louis University, MS in Military Operational Art and Science from Air University, PhD in Atmospheric Physics from Colorado State University.

Cliff Cummings

Vice President, Space

30+ years commercializing advanced satellite technology for GTE Spacenet, Comsat, Orbital ATK / Northrop Grumman. Closed contracts for satellite and space services totaling more than $2B and involving partners from over 20 countries. Served on the Board of Directors for two international space joint ventures.

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Ken Morrison

Vice President, Defense

25+ years experience with General Atomics, General Dynamics, DRS. P&L responsibility for systems for NAVAIR, NAVSEA, AFRL, NRL, ARL, MSIC, TSWG, SOCOM, AFSOC, TACOM for contracts totaling $35M+ for R&D $2B+ for production. BS in EE. Served in US Army in Explosive Ordnance Disposal.

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John West

Vice President of Product Development

30+ years experience in the space industry, including with the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for Hughes Aircraft and STX. He serves at the intersection of customers, business development, and engineering to ensure that products satisfy market needs and specific customer requirements. This includes working with customers to understand their missions and use cases, including helping them understand how Psionic products might change their traditional GN&C architecture and preconceived component selections.

Lee Wright

Chief Marketing Officer

25+ years experience in product management, marketing management at TI, Nokia, others. Founder, co-founder, management team member at venture-backed, early-stage b-to-b technology ventures in the US, Europe. Masters of Management from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.

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Psionic Careers

If you are motivated by a challenge and have performed at the top of your profession or class take a look at our current openings. And to get a good idea of the kind of culture we’ve built and are committed to maintaining as we grow, listen to the short video with Steve, our founder and CTO, at that top of that page. If you like what you hear we’d love to hear from you.