Lute Maleki, Ph.D.


Prior to joining OEwaves as President & CEO, Dr. Lute Maleki was a Senior Research Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) where he created and grew the Quantum Sciences and Technologies Group over a period of 23 years. In that capacity, Dr. Maleki was responsible for the multi-million dollar budget of the group, and the management of one of the largest technical groups at JPL that was internationally recognized as a leader in atomic clocks, frequency standards, and an array of photonic and quantum sensors. Dr. Maleki engaged in the development of atomic clocks based on ion traps and laser cooled trapped atoms; development of sensors based on atom wave interferometers; study and development of ultra-stable photonic oscillators, the opto-electronic oscillator (OEO), and photonic signal distribution systems; study and development of whispering gallery mode microresonators and their applications in RF-photonic systems; and tests of fundamental physics with clocks. Dr. Maleki's group at JPL achieved the highest stability with an atomic standard, demonstrated the highest stability photonic link for analogue signal distribution, and applied whispering gallery mode microresonators as novel, ultra-high sensitivity filters, modulators, and sensors. He is an inventor on over 40 U.S. Patents and applications, including the OEO, and has authored and co-authored over 100 refereed publications, and over 200 conference proceedings. He serves on the technical committees of major international conferences devoted to frequency and timing, and optical sciences and engineering. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and a Fellow of the Optical Society of America. He served as the Associate Editor for Frequency Control, Atomic and Optical, and IEEE Transactions on UFFC.  Dr. Maleki was awarded the distinguished IEEE I.I. Rabi Award for his scientific and technical leadership in atomic frequency standards, and the NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal for the development of atomic clocks and oscillators supporting the U.S. space program. In 2013, Dr. Maleki received the C. B. Sawyer Memorial Award for his outstanding leadership and entrepreneurship in the founding of OEwaves as well as his many other contributions to the frequency control community. Maleki holds a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics.

Julie M. Schoenfeld


A founder of OEwaves, Mrs. Julie Schoenfeld served as the President and CEO of the company from its inception in 2000 to February of 2007. During this time, she raised the financing, built the executive team, and provided the leadership to grow OEwaves. She is currently the President and CEO of Perfect Market, Inc. Prior to 2000, Mrs. Schoenfeld served as the President and CEO of Net Effect Systems, Inc. In her 18-month tenure as CEO of Net Effect, she raised two rounds of financing from Greylock Management, Trinity Ventures and TL Ventures; built a world-class management team; launched the company and product; became a recognized industry spokesperson; and sold the company to Ask Jeeves, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASKJ) for over $288M. Before Net Effect, Mrs. Schoenfeld was VP of Worldwide Sales for Stream International, where she grew sales from $30M to over $200M in 3 years. She has held sales and marketing positions for various companies including Hewlett-Packard, where she worked in product management and helped launch the industry leading network management product, Open View. Mrs. Schoenfeld holds a B.S. in Engineering from Tufts University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Debra Coler

Interim CEO and VP of Contracts and Administration

Debra Coler joined OEwaves in 2002 from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). While at JPL, Mrs. Coler served as a member of the Business Management Team for the Tracking Systems and Applications section 335. As such, she was assigned to the Quantum Sciences and Technology Group, handling the contract administration. From 1988 to 1999, she served as the Business Manager and Controller for a municipality in Idaho. Prior to 1988, Mrs. Coler was an accountant for Hewlett Packard. Mrs. Coler has a BS degree in Business Management and Accounting, and is accredited in Government Contracting and Export Control. She is also a member of the Administrative Committee (ADCOM) for the IEEE Society, Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control. 

Andrey B. Matsko, Ph.D.


Dr. Andrey Matsko joined OEwaves in 2007 from Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and is responsible for supporting and managing OEwaves multi-million dollar R&D Government Contracts awards. Dr. Matsko brings to the company his extensive expertise in electro-optical modulator, RF photonic receiver, optical and RF filter, delay line, clock, magnetometer, gyroscope, oscillator and laser technologies based on crystalline whispering gallery mode resonators. He holds more than 40 US Patents in these areas and as a result received multiple awards, most notably from Jet Propulsion Laboratory the 2005 JPLs Lew Allen Award for Excellence "For seminal and unique theoretical contributions in quantum optics, in particular, the nonlinear interactions of optical crystalline whispering gallery mode resonators, leading to the establishment of this new area of research at JPL". Dr. Matsko is also the recipient of the 2007 NASA Space Act Award in recognition of contributions to the National Space Program and the mission of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Dr. Matsko is a Fellow of OSA as well as Senior Member of IEEE and SPIE.