We are a team of innovative thinkers with roots in academic research and the semiconductor, optics, and big data industries.

Charlie Wuischpard

Charlie Wuischpard Chief Executive Officer

Charlie joined the company as CEO in November 2018. He has had a long career in the industry as a growth oriented executive with both large public and smaller venture backed companies. He most recently was VP/GM in the Intel Data Center Group where he realized that integrated optical communication can enable dramatic capabilities in new system architectures.

Alex Wright-Gladstein

Alex Wright-Gladstein Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder

Alex is the Chief Strategy Officer of Ayar Labs. Prior to founding this company, she was the Energy Entrepreneurship Leader at MIT, founded Everyday Science, and led energy efficiency programs at EnerNOC, the first smart grid company. She holds an MBA from MIT.

Mark Wade

Mark Wade President, Chief Scientist, and Co-Founder

Mark is the President and Chief Scientist of Ayar Labs. Prior to founding Ayar Labs, he led the group that designed the optics in the world's first processor to communicate using light. He holds a PhD from University of Colorado.

Chen Sun

Chen Sun Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder

Chen is the CTO of Ayar Labs. Prior to founding this company, he led the group that designed the electronics and optical device drivers in the world's first processor to communicate using light. He holds a PhD from MIT.

Vladimir Stojanovic

Vladimir Stojanovic Chief Architect and Co-Founder

Vladimir is the Chief Architect of Ayar Labs. Prior to founding Ayar Labs, he led the team that designed the world's first processor to communicate using light. Vladimir is also an associate professor of EECS at UC Berkeley, and was one of the key developers of the Rambus high-speed link technology. He holds a PhD from Stanford University.

Matt Hershenson

Matt Hershenson Board Member

Matt is a partner and co-founder of Playground Global. Prior to Playground he was Director of Hardware for Android at Google, where his work included the development of several generations phones and tablets, as well as the formation of Google's Consumer Silicon team. Matt also co-founded Danger, Inc, where he worked from it’s founding in 1999 through its acquisition by Microsoft in 2008.

Daniel Armbrust

Daniel Armbrust Board of Directors Observer and Advisory Board Member

Dan was formerly Vice President of 300mm Semiconductor Operations at IBM, and brings a wealth of experience in high-volume manufacturing to Ayar Labs. He also served as CEO of SEMATECH and was the co-founder and CEO of Silicon Catalyst.

Srinath Kalluri

Srinath Kalluri Advisory Board Member

Srinath led the photonics team that delivered on the promise of Intel Si Photonics with first product delivery in 2016, and then as Head of R&D for Intel Silicon Photonics, where he led overall product development for the division. Prior to joining Intel, he was the Director of Transmission Components at Lumentum, Founder and CTO of Ilumed, and VP of Product Development at VSK Photonics. He holds a PhD from USC.

Frank Johnson

Frank Johnson Advisory Board Member

Frank was VP and GM of Intel's Americas Industry Sales Group, with responsibility for sales and marketing in North and Latin America. He currently serves as Chief Information Officer for the City of Baltimore. He holds an MS from Johns Hopkins.

Aaron VanDevender

Aaron VanDevender Board of Directors Observer

Aaron is Chief Scientist at Founders Fund. Prior to Founders Fund, he was CTO of The Prosperity Institute, designed single-photon and single-atom quantum computers at NIST, and patented the fastest transparent optical switch. He holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Roy Meade

Roy Meade Vice President of Manufacturing

Roy has 20 years of experience in CMOS, and is an inventor on 50 patents. He led the High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) development effort at Micron Technology, and he led the optics program there with MIT, CU Boulder, and UC Berkeley, where he developed the first monolithic SiPh transceiver on bulk CMOS. Prior to Micron, he managed an engineering team focused on packaging at optical transceiver startup Yafo Networks. He received his MBA from Duke and his MS in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech.

Rajeev Ram

Rajeev Ram Technical Principal and Co-Founder

Rajeev leads the Physical Optics and Electronics (POE) Group at MIT, where he is a Professor of Electrical Engineering. Prior to founding Ayar Labs, he led the MIT lab that made the optical devices in the first processor to communicate with light. He was the Program Director for ARPA-E at the United States Department of Energy from 2010 to 2012, and the Director of Center for Integrated Photonics at MIT from 2004 to 2012. He is also a Founder and Board Member of Pharyx Inc. He holds a PhD from UC Santa Barbara.

Milos Popovic

Milos Popovic Technical Principal and Co-Founder

Milos is an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at Boston University. Prior to founding Ayar Labs, he led the University of Colorado, Boulder lab that developed the optical devices in the first processor to communicate with light. He has authored or co-authored over 25 patents and 150 journal and conference papers. He holds a PhD from MIT.

Elad Alon

Elad Alon Advisory Board Member and Technical Principal

Elad is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at UC Berkeley and co-director of the Berkeley Wireless Research Center. He has held founding, consulting, or visiting positions at Locix, Lion Semiconductor, Cadence, Xilinx, Wilocity, Oracle/Sun Labs, Intel, AMD, Rambus, Hewlett Packard, and IBM Research, where he worked on analog, digital, and mixed-signal integrated circuits for high-speed communications, computing, and test and measurement. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford.