Mitch Jansen at Luminit

Mitch Jansen, Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Mitch Jansen has over 30 years of global business and technical experience in LED and semiconductor laser components and systems.  He led the development of over 140 new products that generated over $500M in new product revenue. Mitch has 38 patents and has published over 180 technical papers in the areas of LED lighting, laser and micro-LED displays, semiconductor lasers, photonics, solid-state lasers and solar cells. Dr. Jansen co-founded a high-power laser diode company and two management consulting companies and has worked for companies ranging from startups to Fortune 500s. Previous leadership roles include SVP/GM, VP Engineering, COO, CTO and VP Product Development.



Engin Arik is Luminit's CEO

Engin Arik, Executive Chairman/Founder, President & CEO

Dr. Engin Arik, Executive Chairman/Founder, President & former CEO of Luminit, has over three decades of experience in founding, leading, and profitably growing high tech companies working in holography, nanotechnology, lighting, displays, optical sensors, fiber optics, and laser-based fluid measurement instrumentation. He has a PhD and MS in Engineering from Harvard University, post-Master's degree from von Karman Institute in Belgium, ScB in Mechanical Engineering, and AB in Economics from Brown University. He is the author and co-author of many published papers, book chapters, and patents.  Dr. Arik successfully led the 2005 founding of Luminit as a spin-off of Physical Optics Corporation, completed technology licensing agreements with Hitachi Chemical and Asahi Kasei Corporation of Japan, and recently led the spin-off of Luminit Automotive Technologies (LAT) and Holoptic from Luminit.



Stanley Kao is VP of new business development

Stanley Kao, Vice President of Business Development

Stanley Kao received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Irvine and his MS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Pomona. He has over 17 years of engineering project management and new product development experience, with extensive business development experience in Asia Pacific. He joined Physical Optics Corporation in 2004 and was instrumental in the successful launch of Luminit in 2005 Prior to joining POC/Luminit, he managed a variety of projects for technologies such as night goggles, laser range finders and opto-electrical equipment. While at RSI Associates, he developed contract case studies that included fuel cell commercial power generation, system turbine blade fracture analysis, and electrical and hybrid vehicle analysis. At Luminit, he is responsible for new business and product development.  



Suleyman Turgut is chief revenue officer

Suleyman Turgut, Chief Revenue Officer

Suleyman Turgut received his Bachelor’s degree in Optical Engineering from the University of Rochester, Master’s degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology and his MBA from USC’s Marshall School. Since joining Luminit in 2006 he has driven the adoption of Luminit’s high performance holographic diffusers into many leading edge lighting and high technology products. Prior to joining Luminit Suleyman has held positions at Intel, ADE (now KLA-Tencor) and IQE.    



Joseph Gilbride

Joseph Gilbride, Chief Financial Officer


Joe Gilbride received a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and MBA in Finance from Stern School of Business at New York University and is a Certified Public Accountant. Having begun his career at Ernst and Young, Joe has held various leadership positions within global enterprises during his career, gaining significant experience in several industries including energy, software, advertising, and marketing communications. This experience covers accounting and reporting processes, as well as experience in all aspects of mergers and acquisitions.