Our Team:

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Hector Andrade

CEO

 

Hector received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2022, where he designed record energy-efficient high-speed electronic and photonic ICs for fiber-optic communications in multiple CMOS, BiCMOS and Silicon Photonic foundry processes. He has prior experience from Intel's Silicon Photonics Products Division. 

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Aaron Maharry

CTO

 

Aaron has expertise in high-speed silicon photonics and electronic IC design and packaging for optical communications, and previously worked in Intel's Silicon Photonics Products Division. He is a PhD candidate in Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Clint Schow

Chairman of the Board

 

Clint Schow, PhD,  has led international R&D programs focusing on integrating electronics and photonics to push the boundaries of speed and efficiency for optical networks. He spent more than a decade at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, where he managed the Optical Link and System Design group. In 2015, he joined the faculty of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is an IEEE and Optica Fellow.

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James Buckwalter

Advisor

 

James holds a PhD in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology. He is an expert in analog electronics for optical communications and is currently a Professor at the University of California , Santa Barbara. He is an IEEE Fellow.

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Larry Coldren

Advisor

 

Larry Coldren, PhD, is  a Professor of Optoelectronics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, CA. He co-founded Agility Communications, later acquired by JDSU, to develop widely-tunable integrated lasers. He has published over a thousand journal and conference papers, two textbooks, and has been issued 63 patents. He is an Optica Fellow and an IEEE Life Fellow.

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Chris Cole

Adviser

 

Chris is an Advisor to several optics companies.  Previously he was Vice President, Advanced Development, Finisar Corp. (acquired by II-VI) where he architected and led the development of 40, 100, 200 and 400 Gb/s Ethernet optical transceivers for Cloud Data Centers (DCs), and Carrier Central Offices (COs), leading to over $1 billion of Finisar and billions of optics industry revenue. He is an IEEE and Optica Fellow.