John C. Pernicka

Founder and President of Pernicka Corporation for the past 28 years, John C. Pernicka has pioneered inventions and holds numerous patents in the fields of vacuum technology, aerospace, geochemical exploration, and optical technologies.

John has contributed to the U.S. Military Services and NASA by creating critical optical techniques and tests designed to improve visibility both in space and underwater. He created a Mass Spectrometer System to measure the gasses sealed in hermetic electronic packages, which has evolved into the current MIL-STD procedure, used to qualify all semiconductor devices used in Medical, Space, Military, and other high reliability applications.

John C. Pernicka's Awards and Associations

  • U.S. Air Force Association Medal of Merit for lifetime achievement in Science and Technology
  • U.S. Navy Superior Accomplishment Awards
  • Founded the Lear Siegler Environmental Technology Center in Denver, Colorado
  • Past Executive Vice President of the Optical Society of America
  • Member of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
  • Former Director of the American Vacuum Society
John received an Electrical Engineering Degree in 1963 from Illinois Institute of Technology and did post graduate studies in Physics at University of Illinois, Acoustics at UCLA, and Geology at Colorado School of Mines. He has published numerous technical papers and books, and has been credited with numerous inventions and U.S. patents.