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Our Team:


Hector Andrade

Cofounder and 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. 


Aaron Maharry

Cofounder and 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 received his PhD in Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2023.


Clint Schow

Cofounder and 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.


Larry Coldren

Cofounder and 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.


Chris Cole

Cofounder and 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.


James Buckwalter

Cofounder and 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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