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Lightelligence was founded in 2017. With its top technology R&D team and experienced engineering team, through close cooperation with leaders in the semiconductor, cloud computing, finance, autonomous driving industries, Lightelligence has transformed the cutting-edge technology of photonics into groundbreaking computing solutions, which not only bring exponential improvements in computing power, but also dramatically reduce energy consumption.



from 10+ countries



of chip designers
have 10+ years of experience

Dr. Yichen Shen Dr. Huaiyu Meng Maurice Steinman Spencer Powers Bill Zhang Dr. Marin Soljacic


Dr. Yichen Shen Founder, CEO

Yichen received his PhD degree in Physics in 2016 from MIT, where his research focused on nanophotonics and artificial intelligence. Yichen has published 40 peer-reviewed journal papers and has filed 20 US patents, including first authored papers in Science, Nature Photonics, and ICML. Yichen has been honored as a Forbes 30 Under 30 and MIT Technology Review 35 Innovators Under 35.

Dr. Huaiyu Meng Co-Founder, CTO

Huaiyu received his PhD degree in Electric Engineering from MIT, where his research focused on integrated photonics in CMOS platform for telecom, datacom, and bio-sensing applications. Huaiyu got his Bachelor’s degree from Nanyang Technological University in Electric Engineering with first class honor.

Maurice Steinman VP of Engineering

Maurice (Mo) Steinman is vice president of engineering at Lightelligence. He has enjoyed a career in the tech industry lasting more than thirty-five years, working for such companies as Digital, Compaq, HP, Intel and AMD, where he held the title of senior fellow before joining Lightelligence. A veteran of many successful tapeouts and product introductions, Steinman has expertise in SoC architecture, SoC interconnect, memory subsystems, and energy management. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer and Systems Engineering and is named as an inventor on over fifty US patents.

Spencer Powers Co-Founder

Spencer is a co-founder and advisor to Lightelligence. Spencer received an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management and a BA in Economics from Boston College. Prior to Lightelligence, Spencer co-founded Lux Labs, another MIT spinout, and ArtLifting, a nationally recognized Benefit Corporation.

Bill Zhang Deputy General Manager

Bill is Deputy General Manager at Lightelligence. He received his MBA from MIT Sloan School of Business. Bill has rich experiences in finance and operations, with prior experience at YF Capital and Barclays Investment Bank.

Dr. Marin Soljacic Co-Founder

Marin is a professor of Physics at MIT and a co-founder of Lightelligence. Marin earned BS degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering from MIT and a PhD in Physics from Princeton. Marin is also a co-founder of WiTricity Corporation and Lux Labs. In 2008, Marin was named a MacArthur Fellow.


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- Dr. Yichen Shen's pioneering work was
published with front cover honors by Nature Photonics


- MIT Technology Review "50 Smart Companies"
- Released the prototype of its optical AI computer, the first of its kind in the world


- EE Times Silicon 100
- KPMG "Core Technology" Cutting Edge Enterprise 50


- EE Times Silicon 100
- KPMG "Core Technology" Cutting Edge Enterprise 50
- Released its latest photonics computing processor PACE
- Dr. Yichen Shen named Innovator Under 35 by MIT Technology Review


- EE Times Sillicon 100
- Dr. Yichen Shen been named a Young Global Leader (YGL) by the World Economic Forum
- CRN’s 10 Hottest Semiconductor Startup Companies