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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, President and CEO
Lute Maleki is a Founder, and President and CEO of OEwaves, Inc. The Company is focused on the development of photonic components and subsystems for advanced sensors and communication systems and quantum technologies.  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.  He joined GM/Cruise for the following two years to lead the development of LiDAR sensors.
Prior to joining OEwaves in 2007, 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 70 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, 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.
​Danny Eliyahu
Danny Eliyahu
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.
Julie Schoenfeld
Julie Schoenfeld
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.
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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