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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. 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.
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.

Management Team

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.

Doug Chabinsky

Head of Space & Defense Engineering

25+ years designing and developing advanced space and defense solutions including at L3 and BAE. Built engineering organizations from the ground up and managed engineering organizations as large as 350 engineers responsible for delivering systems to NASA and the DoD. Led efforts to improve quality and efficiency and hit business unit goals. Advanced work with optics, including Lidar. BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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.

ccummings@psionic.ai‍
+1 833 774 6642 x 804

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.

kmorrison@psionic.ai‍
+1 833 774 6642 x803

Rajeev Kumar 

Vice President, Consumer / Industrial

20+ years with Intel, AMD, Freescale, Marvell introducing new technologies for processors, microcontrollers, optical components to automotive, other markets. Director of worldwide product marketing, business development for $900M product line. BSEE from Northwestern University, MSEE from University of Nevada Reno.

rkumar@psionic.ai
+1 833 774 6642 x802

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.