Sandia Electro-Optics Corporation Press Release

Sandia Electro-Optics Corporation ( is pleased to announce that we have leased the building at 3100 Menaul Blvd. NE, in Albuquerque, NM, and will be moving to this new location in August 2013. “The new location provides us with the flexible space we need today, and a solid framework upon which we can build our company,” says SE-OC Founder and CEO, Michael J. Cumbo, Ph.D.

The building at 3100 Menaul originally served as the site of Garcia Toyota, the first Toyota dealership in New Mexico. It was designed by a prominent New Mexico Architect, the late George Pearl, for whom the Architecture Building on the UNM Campus is named. The front portion of the building, which includes the former showroom and office areas, was designed to resemble a native pueblo, and contains no right angles. “It was the location and size of the building that first attracted us,” said Dr. Cumbo, “but the building’s unique interior is enabling us to make some creative decisions about how the space will be utilized.”

“The former service bay area will be allocated to our Unique Services prototype machine shop,” Dr. Cumbo said. “Approximately twice the size of our current location, we will be able to spread out our machines for better materials handling and work flow and easier access for cleaning and servicing. We will also create a designated space for our MIG, TIG, and laser welding services. There will be an area for customers to drop off or pick up work, and quiet meeting space where customers can discuss their job requirements with us.”

“We have recently signed an option with STC.UNM for massively parallel Flow Cytometry technology, and are still considering additional businesses that will form the remaining building blocks of our organization. The new space allows us the opportunity to flex with whatever decisions we make in the near term and gives us plenty of room for growth in the future. One decision that has been finalized is our plan for the former showroom space. It will be the site for the newly created SE-OC Right Brain Gallery,” Dr Cumbo said. “We are very excited to be opening an art gallery dedicated to the artistic expression of the sciences and technologies that are the foundation of our business,” said Joyce Owings-Cumbo, SE-OC Vice President of Human Resources & Administration, who will also serve as the Gallery’s Director. “The field of optics enables many high-tech products available today. We are excited that we will also be able to demonstrate artistic aspects of the underlying technology,” said Ms. Owings-Cumbo. “Currently, we are in the process of contacting artists to help fill the gallery. We are interested in carrying artwork that uses fiber optics, lasers, solar energy, interference filters or photo-voltaic devices, or works in the related media of photography or glass. Since the earliest building block of our business is a prototype machine shop, we are also looking to partner with artists who are involved in precision metalworking.”

About Sandia Electro-Optics Corporation (SE-OC)

Sandia Electro-Optics Corporation is a new, employee-owned enterprise, devoted to the development and commercialization of innovative measurement instruments in the life science and environmental sensing market segments. The Company is following a hybridized startup approach, beginning with the acquisition of a local precision machine shop, Unique Services, and then building an incubator that co-locates small strategic acquisitions of foundational precision mechanics and electro-optical component capabilities with disruptive system-level inventions from university and national laboratory sources.