About Us

OEwaves, Inc., headquartered in Pasadena, California, is a leader in innovative microwave-photonic products and solutions. OEwaves develops state-of-the-art technologies and provides products in support of communication, sensor, RADAR/LIDAR, stable clocking, and test and measurement systems for commercial and military markets. 


OEwaves was founded in 2000 and has maintained an Intellectual Property Portfolio of over 126 cases and has received numerous awards, including two prestigious SPIE Prism Awards, as well as the Patrick Soon-Shiong Innovation Award.  The company has been ranked in the top 20 of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Semiconductor Manufacturing Patent Power.

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SPIE Prism Award

2013 IEEE C.B. Sawyer Award

2013 Patrick Soon-Shiong Innovation Award

2013 Winner

for the Micro-Opto Electronic Oscillator in the Defense and Security Category
2012 Winner

for the Ultra-Narrow Linewidth Laser in the Other Light Sources Category
2010 Finalist 

for the Phase Noise Test Measurement System in the Test and Measurement Category

Management Team
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.
Anatoliy Savchenkov, Chief Scientist
Dr. Anatoliy Savchenkov joined OEwaves in 2007 from Jet Propulsion (JPL), Caltech, bringing to OEwaves over 20 years of unique hands-on experience in research and development in whispering gallery mode (WGM) resonators and other fields of optics and photonics. His current efforts have focused on the research and development of novel systems including optical and RF photonic filters, modulators, oscillators, lasers, and sensors. Dr. Savchenkov scientific research in material physics and nonlinear optics resulted in more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles and 50 US Patents.   
Board of Directors

Julie M. Schoenfeld

Chairman of the Board, OEwaves & Entrepreneur In Residence, Caltech

David W. Berkus

President, Berkus Technology Ventures 

Alex Maleki

Managing Director, Idealab

Lute Maleki

President and CEO, OEwaves, Inc. 

 Investors and Partners 
The ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100D certifications reflect our sustained commitment to providing OEwaves customers with the highest-performing, compact photonic devices. These certifications enable us to apply our advanced capabilities in future communications, sensing, and navigation in the aviation, space, and defense industries, which will result in ground-breaking technologies that improve our world.
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