Michael Salour is the founder of Linkatel® Group and serves as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He holds a B.S., with Honors, in Engineering Physics from the College of Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley, an A.M. and a Ph.D. in Physics from Harvard University under Professor Nicolaas Bloembergen. He was then awarded and held a Post-doctoral Fellowship In Quantum Electronics in Professor Daniel J Bradley’s group at Imperial College of Science & Technology (London).
Dr. Salour has over 30 years of experience in developing and commercializing leading-edge technologies in Integrated Photonics and communications industry, including both products and services that have been deployed worldwide. He founded Tactical Air Navigation (TACAN Corporation) in 1983 for the purpose of developing proprietary technologies through a growth-oriented business firm and since then he has built several highly successful corporations through an internal growth strategy and also successfully completed several key acquisitions and spinoffs.
Dr. Salour founded Integrated Photonic Technologies (IPITEK®), a worldwide leader in broadband transmission & access technologies for enterprise services, broadband Ethernet, ultrahigh speed Gigabit Ethernet switches, mobile backhaul, video streaming, network aggregation, gigabit Ethernet; and all-photonic sensors. In addition, he has served as founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Software Defined Technologies, Inc., and Linkatel Communications, Inc., a developer of competitive local telecommunications networks (CLECs). Linkatel created and managed several successful partnerships with major communications and media firms, including the Providence Journal Company, Time Warner, and The Copley Press. Linkatel’s high-speed optical networks were successfully built and activated in 1995, serving the San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles metropolitan areas. The networks were sold in 1996 to two major broadband telecom providers, resulting in a substantial return on investment for Linkatel and its partners. In 1994, he acquired a division of Honeywell, and successfully built it into a leading supplier of components and sub-systems for Fly-by-Light technologies, optical networking and Data Link technology for mobile platforms, and other classified products and services for secure communications, which was subsequently sold with substantial returns to L3 Communications (Now L3Harris), a major US Defense & Aerospace corporation.
With over 17,700 hours of logged flight time, Dr. Salour holds Airline Transport Pilot License from the US Federal Aviation Administration, with type rating certifications in various Corporate / Business Jets and a variety of large transport category aircraft including DC-3, DC-9, DC-10, B-727, B-737, and B-747 airliners. He also holds Flight Engineer (turbo Jet), Flight Instructor, and Instrument Flight Instructor certifications from the FAA.
Prior to founding TACAN, IPITEK, Software Defined Technologies, and Linkatel, he held a variety of research and faculty positions at Harvard University, Imperial College of Science and Technology, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (“M.I.T.”). In 1980 he was awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship from the A.P. Sloan Foundation, and in 1981 he was awarded the Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Chaired Professorship at M.I.T. Dr. Salour has more than 87 publications in refereed journals and holds 19 patents in electro-optic and Integrated Optical technologies.