Saltenna Team

Saltenna LLC is engaged in several DARPA sponsored advanced research and development projects, such as DARPA MTO AMEBA program to develop novel techniques for underwater RF communication, and the Metamaterial Superconductors program sponsored by DARPA DSO.

Dendy Young
Co-Founder, Saltenna LLC

As a technologist and entrepreneur, Dendy Young sensed the opportunity in underwater communication and teamed up with Dr. Igor Smolyninov to provide an innovative solution to the challenges.

Mr. Young is the Managing Partner of McLean Capital, LLC, a private equity firm, based in McLean, VA, which focuses on investments in early-stage companies. He is also a member of Blu Venture Investors, an angel investment company that supports early stage companies in the Washington DC area through which he has built a portfolio of more than 15 young companies.

From January 1996 to 2006, Mr. Young was CEO of GTSI Corp. (NASDAQ: GTSI), a $1+ billion enterprise services and solutions provider. Prior to GTSI, Mr. Young served as Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Falcon Microsystems, Inc. and Falcon Systems, Inc.

Mr. Young serves on the Executive Committee of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC). He is Chairman of the Board of Perthera Inc. which provides leading-edge therapy advice for cancer patients, Qlarion, Inc., which provides innovative business analytics to the government, and RG LLC, which provides program management services to the government.

Mr. Young holds an SB in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Dr. Igor Smolyaninov
Co-Founder, Saltenna LLC
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Dr. Igor Smolyaninov is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and a recipient of the Scientific American 50 Award. He graduated from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in 1985 and received his PhD in 1990 from the Kapitza Institute for Physical Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

He has published more than 400 journal and conference papers and patents in various areas of surface optics, plasmonics, and electromagnetic metamaterials, and served as a principal investigator/technical lead on a number of NSF, CRDF and DARPA programs.

He is a topical editor of JOSA B and a member of the editorial boards of Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group). Science News magazine has recognized his recent research on hyperbolic metamaterials among the 2011 Science News of the Year.

Dr. Quirino Balzano
Research Scientist

From 1967 to 2001 Dr. Balzano rose through the ranks at Raytheon and then at Motorola culminating in an appointment as Corporate Vice President and Director of the Electromagnetic Research Laboratory.  Among many accomplishments, he was intimately involved in the design of the first cell phone antennas and he conducted studies on the risks of RF radiation on humans.  In 2002, he was appointed Visiting Researcher at the University of Maryland, College Park, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, where he is currently working on antennas, RF dosimetry, an nonlinear optics.

He has received many awards and honors.  Balzano is a Life Fellow of the IEEE. He holds 31 patents in the antenna and integrated circuit technologies. He received the Best Paper of the Year award from IEEE Vehicular Technology Group in 1978 and 1982.  He was invited as an expert to testify on the safety issues of cellular phones by parliamentary commissions of the US House of Representatives, the German Bundestag and the Britain’s House of Commons.

He has a B.S. in Mathematical Physics, University of Rome, Italy, 1962 and a Ph.D. Electronics, University of Rome, Rome, Italy, 1965. University of Rome, “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy.