San Diego Union Tribune

June 5, 2004

Newly merged firm changes name
Apogen Technologies has San Diego office, plans expansion


WASHINGTON A recently merged high-technology firm with a San Diego office announced its new name and its goals to expand at all of its locations and to grow its business from the current $200 million a year to $1 billion in five years.

The firm, formed by the merger of ITS Services and Science & Engineering Associates, will be known as Apogen Technologies and will push aggressively to increase its business, which now includes work for the Navy and the Homeland Security Department's border and customs operations, officials said.

Combining the two companies "has put us in position to compete for larger contracts," to provide more opportunities for their employees and "to accelerate our growth," chief executive officer Todd Stottlemyer said.

Since the merger in January, the firm has entered bids for 30 new contracts and has added to its nearly 900 employees at its offices in the Washington suburbs, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Tempe, Ariz., Albuquerque and Santa Fe, N.M., and San Diego, Stottlemyer said at a news conference.

Apogen will continue to focus on its core business sectors of national security and federal technology support, both of which are supported by its research and development operations, run from the San Diego and Albuquerque offices, said president Paul Leslie. The company would like to add employees in San Diego, but is having difficulty finding people with the required skills, Leslie said.

The Apogen San Diego County office works mainly in support of the San Diego-based Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command and is currently developing a system to use lasers to communicate with submarines that are are deeply submerged and operating at high speeds. Currently, a submarine must expose an antenna above the surface to receive detailed messages.

A recent test of a prototype system demonstrated the ability to transmit information at a depth of 200 feet, Leslie said.

Apogen's chief technology officer, Greg Mooradian, and its chief information officer, Mark A. O'Donnell, are in the San Diego office, which was part of Science & Engineering before the merger.

Apogen also has contracts with the Homeland Security Department to help speed up truck traffic across the borders by providing prescreened vehicles and drivers with electronic scan devices similar to those used to pay highway or bridge tolls.

Much of the firm's other work is in information technology and software, network and systems development for federal agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service, Census Bureau and departments of Agriculture, Commerce and Energy, and some local governments.

The firm's new name was created by combining the words "apogee," the highest point of a curve or a spaceship orbit, and genesis, the power of creation, Stottlemyer explained.

Other officers in the merged firm include retired Vice Adm. Daniel Oliver, president of the national security sector; Douglas Chandler, president of the federal technology sector; and Philip Odeen, chairman. Odeen is a veteran aerospace executive who was chairman of TRW until it was acquired by Northrop Grumman.