About Us
Saltenna is building wireless communications that go beyond ALL existing wireless technologies.

Saltenna is a pioneer in Plasmonics, a new wireless communications and sensing technology that behaves differently from all others. We are developing high-speed, high bandwidth, and secure wireless communications in difficult edge environments where current radios, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, optical, audio, and other systems fail.

Saltenna, a dual-use company strategically located in the Washington DC metro area, is leveraging its revolutionary technology to develop highly innovative solutions for a wide array of government and commercial customers. Saltenna has multiple patents on its technology, is heavily engaged in further R&D, and has performed on multiple contracts and done demonstrations of its technology for the U.S. Department of Defense and commercial customers.

Management Team

Dendy Young
Chairman and Founder

Over 35 years executive experience in government contracts technology. CEO of GTSI. CEO and Founder of Falcon Systems and Falcon Microsystems. Executive Committee of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC). Board Member of multiple technology companies. Early-stage investor in technology companies.

B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.

Dennis Defensor
Chief Executive Officer

Over 35 years of executive experience in both commercial and government contracts markets. President & CEO of ICOM Simulations (sold to Viacom International) and TerraGlyph Interactive. Group President, Technology Solutions Group (3 companies), Akima. Senior VP, Cloudshield/SAIC, Viacom International and DLT Solutions. Vice President of GTSI and Falcon Microsystems.

B.S. in Biology, Beloit College.
J.D. from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.

Dr. Igor Smolyaninov
CTO and Founder

Senior Principal Engineer, BAE Systems. Research scientist, University of Maryland. CTO of Gradient Dynamics LLC. Deputy Chief CTO, LumenLink. Published more than 400 journal and conference papers and patents in various areas of surface optics, plasmonics, and electromagnetic metamaterials.

M.Sc. Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.
Ph.D. in Physics, Kapitza Institute for Physical Problems, Russian Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Quirino Balzano
Senior Scientist

Written more than 50 papers on RF dosimetry near electromagnetic sources and the biological effects of RF energy. 31 patents in antenna and IC technology. Authored/co-authored more than 100 publications. Senior Staff Researcher at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept., University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland. Vice President of the Technical Staff and Corporate Vice President of Florida Research Laboratories, Motorola. Missile Systems Division, Raytheon Corporation, Bedford, MA, doing R&D of planar and conformal phased arrays for the Patriot and other weapon systems.

Ph.D. Electronics Engineering. University of Rome, La Sapienza, Rome, Italy.    

Captain Denny Brisley, USN (Ret.)
Chief Strategy Officer

Over 35 years executive experience in aerospace and defense, government, and military. President & COO, NorthStar Earth & Space Systems. Retired U.S. Navy Captain, Intelligence & Information Warfare Officer. Senior executive at General Dynamics, SAIC and CAE. Civilian flag level Highly Qualified Expert at OSD, senior civilian at Office of Naval Intelligence. Presidential Appointee, the White House, OMB and OPM. Visiting Scholar, Stanford University, Media Fellow, Hoover Institution.

B.A. International Relations, Stanford University. Navy Command and Staff College. M.A. Defense and Strategic Studies, U.S. Naval War College.

Sanjee Singla
VP Product Development and Operations

Over 20 years in hardware and software technology innovation. Inventor of multiple proprietary technologies. Founder-CEO of Import Zen and Apply.co. Founder-CTO of AT Strategic. Project Finance Investment Banker, Taylor-DeJongh. Researcher at SIEPR, CRGP (now GPC), and GSB at Stanford University.

B.A. in Economics and Physics, Stanford University.
M.S. Management Science and Engineering with concentration in Global Project Finance, Stanford University.
Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM), Project Management Institute.

Saltenna is evolving fast.
We are developing seemingly impossible communications and sensing at the edge in the most demanding environments. Contact us to explore and craft powerful unique solutions.