Lute Maleki, President and CEO
Lute Maleki is a Founder, and President and CEO of OEwaves, Inc. The Company is focused on the development of advanced sensors and communication components and systems based on microwave photonics technologies for Department of Defense and other government and commercial customers. Before re-joining OEwaves in April 2020, he was at GM/Cruise Automation, responsible for the development of LiDAR for autonomous navigation. Prior to that, he was at OEwaves serving as President and CEO. In 2014, he co-founded and served as the CTO of Strobe, a LiDAR company spun out of OEwaves and acquired by GM/Cruise in 2017. Prior to joining OEwaves, Lute was a Senior Research Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) where he created and led the Quantum Sciences and Technologies Group. His technical areas of interest at JPL included development of atomic clocks based on ion traps and laser cooled trapped atoms; ultra-stable photonic oscillators; the opto-electronic oscillator (OEO); photonic signal distribution systems; study and development of whispering gallery mode micro-resonators and their applications; development of sensors based on atom wave interferometers; and tests of fundamental physics with atomic clocks. He is an inventor of over 65 U.S. Patents and applications, and has authored and co-authored over 130 refereed publications, and over 200 conference proceedings. Dr. Maleki is a Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and a Fellow of the Optical Society of America. He holds B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics. He received the IEEE Rabi Award, IEEE Sawyer Award and NASA’s Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal for the development of the Trapped Ion Frequency Standard.
Scott Singer, CPO
Scott Singer joined OEwaves, Inc. as the Chief Product Officer in June 2021. He has over 15 years’ experience in photonics, micro and nanofabrication, and the integration of photonic systems. He holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California, Los Angeles where he built "the world's smallest lightbulb" to study the Planck radiation of subwavelength radiators. Prior to joining OEwaves, Dr. Singer developed multijunction solar cells for space applications--including a >38% efficient five-junction cell 38% under AM0--3D infrared cameras and lidars for aerospace use, and landing lights for aircraft at Spectrolab, a Boeing subsidiary. He then led the technical development of automotive lidar for autonomous vehicles as Director of Products at Strobe, Inc., a company which was spun out of OEwaves and acquired by GM/Cruise in 2017. Most recently, he led the productization of single-photon sensitive infrared cameras for aerospace use and laser power converters as Director of Products at Acqubit, Inc. He is an inventor of over 20 U.S. issued patents and trade secrets, and he has received Boeing-Spectrolab’s David S. Joslin Fellowship Award.
Former research fellow at Caltech with expertise in photonic band structures, mode-locked semiconductor lasers, laser and microwave photonics noise, high frequency modulation, microwave devices, microwave and MMW antennas, multiple scattering of optical and quantum waves, and low-phase noise microwave oscillators. PhD in Physics and author of 30+ scientific publications and U.S. patents.
An Entrepreneur in Residence and Venture Fund Manager at Caltech. She Cofounded OEwaves in 2000 and served as first CEO. Also held founder/CEO roles at Net Effect (acquired by Ask), Perfect Market (acquired by Taboola) and Strobe (acquired by GM Cruise) . BS engineering from Tufts University and MBA from Harvard Business School.