About Wave Computing

Wave Computing is the Silicon Valley company that is revolutionizing artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning from the datacenter to the edge with its dataflow-based systems and embedded solutions. The company enables enterprises to accelerate their AI applications by easily and cost-effectively bringing deep learning to their data, wherever it is.

Wave’s innovative AI system solutions provide high-performance training and high-efficiency inferencing at scale. Through the company’s MIPS business unit, its RISC architecture and multi-threaded CPU cores deliver efficient, scalable IP solutions from IoT edge devices to high-end networking equipment.

Based in Campbell, Calif., Wave Computing was named a Machine Learning Industry Technology Innovation Leader by Frost & Sullivan, and a Top 25 Artificial Intelligence Provider by CIO Application Magazine. The company has more than 425 granted and pending patents, with its core values playing a significant role in the organization’s culture and how it executes on its business strategy, globally. To learn more, click here.


Executive Team

Derek Meyer
Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Chris Nicol
SVP and Chief Technology Officer

Dennis Bencala
Chief Financial Officer

Lee Flanagin
SVP and Chief Business Officer

Dr. Jin Kim
VP and Chief Data Scientist

Paul Alpern
VP and General Counsel
Darren Jones
VP, Engineering

Mike Uhler
VP and Chief Operations Officer

Rufino Olay III
VP, Business Operations

Dawn Voss
VP, Sales

Fadi Azhari
VP, Marketing

Dr. Dapeng Xiong
General Manager, China

Derek Meyer, Chief Executive Officer

Derek is the CEO of Wave Computing where he brings more than 20 years of executive management, corporate strategy and go-to-market experience to the company. As CEO, he leads the company’s strategy to revolutionize the AI industry with dataflow-based solutions spanning the cloud to the edge.

Prior to joining Wave Computing, Derek held executive leadership positions in both established and startup companies spanning the semiconductor and computer systems industries, including ARC, CEVA, Philips, Silicon Graphics, Sun Microsystems, Harris Computers and MIPS Technologies. At MIPS, he was part of the executive team that took the company public.

Derek received his B.S. in Physics from Florida Atlantic University where he also studied for his M.S. in Astrophysics.

Dr. Chris Nicol, SVP and Chief Technology Officer

Chris is the Chief Technology Officer of the company and the lead architect of the DPU architecture incorporated into Wave’s Deep Learning Computer. In addition to his duties as CTO, Chris leads the systems team developing products, the runtime software environment and benchmarking applications using deep learning frameworks.

Prior to Wave, Chris was Chief Technology Officer, Embedded Systems at NICTA, an Australian ICT R&D organization he helped to establish, where he supported over 20 R&D projects across 5 labs in hardware and software development for intelligent, secure, robust and power efficient embedded systems. Prior to NICTA, he founded Bell Labs Research in Australia and Agere Systems in Australia and he worked for AT&T Bell Labs, New Jersey.

He received the PhD degree from the University of New South Wales and the MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management. He is an inventor on 21 U.S. patents. He has served on the TPC of ISSCC twice, and is serving his second term on the TPC of IEEE International Symposium on Low Power Electronics and Design.

Dennis Bencala, Chief Financial Officer

Dennis Bencala brings more than 20 years of financial management and leadership experience to Wave Computing, with a proven track record in scaling early and mid-stage technology companies. In his role as chief financial officer, Dennis oversees the company’s financial and business operations and plays a key role in the development of its business strategy. Prior to Wave Computing, Dennis worked at companies including ikeGPS, Ikanos Communications, and SiRF Technology. While at each company, he played a critical role in partnering with management teams to drive exceptional business growth. Dennis holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from San Diego State University.

Lee Flanagin, SVP and Chief Business Officer

As Wave Computing’s Chief Business Officer, Lee leads the company’s revenue generation and go-to-market efforts. This includes the company’s Sales, Customer Support, Product Marketing, Industry Marketing, and Data Science programs. Prior to joining Wave, Lee was a member of CTO staff at Cisco Systems and ran global corporate marketing and communications for SanDisk. His background also includes holding executive and leadership positions at other leading high-technology companies, as well as serving as a Planning Commissioner for a major Silicon Valley city and as a member of two branches of the U.S. military.

Dr. Jin Kim, VP and Chief Data Scientist

Jin Kim is Wave Computing’s Chief Data Scientist and head of the company’s data science activities. In this role, he drives the company’s Proof-of-Concept (PoC) programs with key customers, and plays a critical role in helping define Wave Computing’s overall deep learning, data science and ecosystem strategies.

Jin has spent more than 20 years as a security researcher, scientist and entrepreneur, studying machine learning, deep learning, and artificial intelligence at leading organizations. Prior to Wave Computing, he held executive positions at GraphSQL, Objectivity, Skytree and other companies. A recognized thought leader in the deep learning industry, Jin received his PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University where he was also an adjunct professor of Computer Science and Director of Knowledge-Based Systems.

Paul Alpern, VP and General Counsel

Paul is Vice President and General Counsel at Wave Computing, bringing more than 20 years of in-house corporate, licensing and international legal experience, traversing the semiconductor licensing, hardware and software fields. Prior to this, he was Associate General Counsel at Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (now MACOM Connectivity Solutions), with oversight of M&A, compliance, export, and commercial activities. Previous roles include Director of Licensing for MIPS, where Paul helped expand the company’s global and emerging market architecture and core transactions, and Sumitomo Chemical, where he became the company’s first in-house legal counsel in Japan. In addition, Paul held director and senior director positions in SanDisk Corporation’s legal department.

Paul received a bachelor’s degree from University of California, Berkeley, and received a law degree from Harvard Law School.

Darren Jones, VP, Engineering

Darren is VP of Engineering at Wave Computing. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of product development including the company’s revolutionary DPU array, as well as the software and systems that make up our dataflow processing solutions.

Darren has more than 25 years of experience designing and verifying processor-based SoC chips. Most recently, he drove the successful tapeout of two generations of Xilinx Zynq family SoC's at the 28nm and 16nm process nodes. Prior to this, he worked at MIPS Technologies to deliver multiple generations of their mid-range processor IP portfolio.

Darren received a BSEE from the University of Illinois and an MSEE from Stanford University. He has co-authored more than 20 patents focused primarily on processor design and multithreading.

Mike Uhler, VP and Chief Operations Officer

Mike is the Chief Operations Officer at Wave Computing. In this role, he leads the company’s day-to-day product operations including program management, manufacturing operations and quality, and is responsible for delivering Wave’s leading-edge technology to customers in a complete turnkey system. Prior to this, Mike was VP of Systems Engineering for Wave.

Mike has a long history in software, architecture, microprocessor, SoC and system design, with extensive experience in strategy and business development of technology. Prior to Wave Computing, he was VP of the Smart Data Acceleration program at Rambus, where he was responsible for all aspects of the program which delivered significant improvements in performance and power efficiency for big data applications in the data center. Mike’s prior experience includes leadership and engineering positions with AMD, MIPS Technologies, Silicon Graphics and Digital Equipment Corporation.

Mike received the BSEE and MSCS degrees from the University of Arizona and is an inventor on 42 U.S. patents.

Rufino Olay III, VP, Business Operations

Rufino is the VP of Business Operations for Wave Computing. In this role, he is responsible for developing processes, communication mechanisms, and data analytics to drive business efficiencies while also managing the company’s Manila-based AI Center of Excellence. Rufino’s experience includes more than 20 years in the technology industry managing the design and launch of semiconductor products for companies including Xilinx and Microsemi.

Rufino earned an MBA from Saint Mary's and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from San Jose State University and served as the Santa Clara Valley IEEE Executive Committee Chairman.

Dawn Voss, VP, Sales

As the Vice President of Sales for Wave Computing, Dawn leads global sales efforts for the company’s line of deep learning systems. She brings more than 20 years of sales, business development, customer account management and go-to-market experience to this role.

Dawn has deep experience creating strategic partnerships with global accounts, driving OEM channel development, promoting customer loyalty and leveraging success across market verticals. Prior to joining Wave Computing, Dawn held numerous leadership positions in business development and sales for a range of Silicon Valley-based organizations including startups and non-profits, as well as for Sun Microsystems, where she spent extensive time as Sales Development Manager, working closely with global enterprise-class customers.

Fadi Azhari, VP, Marketing

Fadi is the VP of Marketing at Wave Computing and plays an integral role in leading go-to-market and product strategy for the company’s deep learning systems. His more than 20 years of experience in the technology industry have helped drive the development of several transformational businesses, including AWS Computer Vision AI services, Nimble Storage Enterprise Adaptive flash storage, and Sun Microsystems SPARC multi-threaded processors and servers.

Fadi received a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Southern California.

Dr. Dapeng Xiong, General Manager, China

Dapeng is GM of China for Wave Computing. In this role, he is responsible for all sales, marketing, business development, and R&D activities in China.

Dapeng has spent more than 20 years in product development, marketing and product planning in the semiconductor and telecommunications industries. His background includes extensive experience in machine learning, system architecture, SoC and algorithm design, marketing, and product planning.

Prior to Wave Computing, Dapeng held senior management roles at Shanghai Zhaoxin Semiconductor (formerly S3 Graphics), Apexone Microelectronics, Tsinghua Tongfang (Shenzhen, Hongkong), OWLink Technology, and ADC Telecomms.

Dapeng received a PhD degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He is the inventor on various U.S. patents, and has published several papers in IEEE Transactions and IEEE conferences.