About Ambalux

Our Mission

Ambalux is a leading developer and producer of innovative electro-optic products for government, industry and academia. Our mission is to solve our customer's problems with the most appropriate, cost-effective technology. Our core capabilities include the design and production of optical transmitters and receivers for a wide range of applications, design for low-cost manufacturing, field testing, and performance modeling. We bring a suite of proprietary and patent-pending technologies to bear, ranging from component-level innovations in optical transmitters, to complete sensor and communications systems. Our solution will always consider technical and cost goals so that your requirements are met.

Our Values

Ambalux operates under three core values:

  • Exceed customer expectations
    Ambalux focuses on your needs, including technical performance, cost and delivery schedule. We strive to make your business relationship with us productive, profitable and pleasant.
  • Maintain a productive, safe, enjoyable work environment
    Our staff works at Ambalux because they enjoy the work and the work environment. Retention of talented, motivated employees means Ambalux provides you with a better product on a faster schedule at a lower cost.
  • Fiscal Restraint
    Ambalux makes strategic investments in personnel, equipment and facilities, but manages cash conservatively. We maintain excellent relationships with our vendors and pay our employees well, while our effective cost-control makes us a reliable partner for your long-term needs.

Our Customers

Our recent and current customers include:

  • Office of Naval Research (ONR)
  • Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)
  • Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR)
  • Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC)
  • Naval Research Laboratory (NRL)
  • National Research Council of Canada
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)
  • Laurentian University
  • Endpoint, Incorporated
  • Arete Associates
  • Other customers are covered under Non-Disclosure Agreements.

Our Founder

Ambalux corporation was founded in 2000 by Dr. Philip Lacovara, who serves as president, capping a 20-year career in optical physics that included senior positions at the US Naval Research Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Lincoln Laboratory, Kaman Aerospace Corporation's Electro-Optics Development Center, and Breault Research. Before founding Ambalux, Dr. Lacovara and his associates have developed new lasers and laser materials, a variety of underwater, airborne and space-based sensors, and an electro-optical subsystem for the Tactical Tomahawk missile, as well as a variety of commercial electro-optical products. He has served on technology-assessment committees for BMDO, ADPA and NDIA, and as the only non-Government member of a Navy committee that reviewed undersea optical sensor technology.

Outside the office, Dr. Lacovara serves his community as the Chair of the Board of Directions at Salpointe Catholic High School, as Chair of the Advisory Board of the University of Arizona College of Medicine's Steele Childrens' Research Center, and as a member of the Dean's Advisory Board for the University of Arizona College of Science. Dr. Lacovara and his wife, Jane, have 3 adult children.


Ambalux company brochure (4.8 MB PDF)