Vista Photonics was established in 2003 by Dr. Jeffrey S. Pilgrim for the purpose of research and development of laser based trace
gas sensors. Vista Photonics has developed world-class laser sensing techniques and incorporates them into commercial instrumentation
for high-performance optical detection technologies. We develop technologies in markets where we can offer a clear competitive advantage
and through strategic partnerships with established instrumentation manufacturers. The research staff has extensive experience in
the development of optical trace gas detection instrumentation. The Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) program has
provided numerous opportunities for Vista Photonics to partner with government agencies to grow its research and manufacturing business.
In addition to NASA, customers include the Department of Energy, USDA, and the Department of Defense (Navy).
The hard work of our staff
was rewarded when NASA announced during a press conference televised on NASA TV on May 22, 2013 that Vista Photonics had been
selected to design and build a multi-gas analyzer to be sent to the Internation Space Station via the Soyuz on November 6, 2013. To
read our press release, click here
. The analyzer was turned on February 3, 2014 and is functioning perfectly! NASA recently posted
an article about the device on their website. The McDuffie Progress, hometown newspaper for the company owners, also did an article
about the project.
Vista Photonics has also been recognized as a growth and technology leader. In November 2015, Vista
Photonics was selected to be on the New Mexico Private 100 list of top privately owned business in New Mexico for the fourth
year in a row. The company was chosen as one of only 10 to be profiled at the annual luncheon.
In 2010, 2011, and
2012, Vista Photonics was chosen by the University of Georgia Alumni Association Bulldog 100 - Fastest Growing Bulldog Businesses
in recognition of its ownership by UGA alumni and its rate of growth for the last three years.
The New Mexico Technology
Flying 40 recognizes the state's largest and fastest growing companies in the technology sector. Companies are ranked according
to revenues and percentage growth in revenues. Vista Photonics, Inc. has been on the list five times since 2010.
10, 2010, Vista Photonics was selected as one of three Business Excellence Award winners. The award is sponsored by Century
Bank and presented at the annual Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce Awards event. Winners are chosen according to company size and
excellence in four areas: business growth, significant accomplishments during the year, excellence in customer service and unique
or visionary business practices.